Michael Lyng Motors Senior Football Championship
Mount Leinster Rangers v Bagenalstown Gaels
Netwatch Cullen Park, Sunday, 1.30pm.
Someone might suggest that this will be a chance for Rangers to get a modicum of revenge for being defeated by the Gaels in the senior hurling semi-final this year. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a game between the football sides now. Rangers will hardly be facilitated for goals the way they were against Rathvilly. Bagenalstown Gaels seem to be a second half team and would need to remedy this.
If it is tight, Bagenalstown Gaels should prevail but if Rangers get away they are sure to dig in.
Verdict: Bagenalstown Gaels.
Éire Óg v Rathvilly
Netwatch Cullen Park, Sunday, 3.15pm
What is going on here? This was supposed to be the final. Now one of them is going to exit. Neither side have fired in the championship and between them they collected five group points in six matches. Éire Óg have excuses in that they have been without key players but Rathvilly are just not firing. It happens. At some stage they will and what better game to find their mojo than against very intense rivals. Éire Óg are hurting too. This will be a battle.
Verdict: Éire Óg
Talbot Hotel Intermediate Football Championship
Grange v Naomh Eoin
Netwatch Cullen Park, Saturday, 6pm
Two hard-earned draws in the group stages for Grange are an indication of a side who will not settle for second best without a hell of a fight. The Myshall side showed great character to overhaul an eight point deficit in their opening group game against Éire Óg but they have not built on it.
St Patricks v Kildavin-Clonegal
Netwatch Cullen Park, Saturday, 7.45pm
A lot could depend on the weather here. If the ground is wet and slippy, it might suit Kildavin-Clonegal who are better set up to battle and wage war. On the other hand, a dry pitch would facilitate St Patrick’s speedier forwards where Jack Kennedy is hard to mark.
Verdict: St Patricks
Junior Football ‘A’ Championship
Old Leighlin v Leighlinbridge
Netwatch Cullen Park, Friday, 7.15pm.
When Leighlinbridge lost their opening game to Clonmore by a 17 point margin, they looked to be in trouble but they bounced back well to win their next two games and it would be hard to back against them here.
Palatine v Tinryland – played on Thursday night, Tinryland won by 3-11 to 3-8.
Other quarter-final fixtures:
Talbot Hotel Junior ‘B’ Championship
Rathvilly v Kildavin/Clonegal, Training Centre, 7.30pm
Ballinabranna v Fenagh, Training Centre, 6.45pm
Talbot Hotel Junior ‘C’ Championship
St Patricks v Palatine, Training Centre, 6.30pm
Mount Leinster Rangers v Leighlinbridge, Training Centre, 6.45pm
By Kieran Murphy