Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Four Roads to advance

Seamus Duke

This weekendís sporting scene will be dominated by the All Ireland SHC final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. However, there is plenty of action here locally too. In the Kepak Roscommon SHC, the losers group semi-finals will take place this Saturday with the two winners meeting to see who advances to the semi final proper.

At 4.30 pm Four Roads play St Dominicís and in this game Four Roads will be expecting to advance. The defending champions were well beaten by Padraig Pearseís in their last game but they will be hoping to get back on the winning trail against a St Dominicís team that have been disappointing this year so far.

Four Roads have top class players such as Shane Curley, Micheal Kelly, Tomas Lennon, Mark McLaughlin, David Dolan and John Coyne. Dominicís will be expecting good performances from Liam Murray, Alan Creavin, Noel Moran and Brendan Hanley. Dominicís will give it everything Iím sure, but it would be a shock were Four Roads not to win it.

In the second game Oran play Roscommon Gaels at 6 pm. Oran have been inconsistent in this yearís championship, losing to Athleague and Tremane. Roscommon Gaels have been beaten in both their games in the championship to date.

This promises to be a close game between two teams that look evenly matched. Gerry Fallon, Colm Kelly, Padraig Crehan, Enda Morris and Shane McDermott will be hoping to inspire Oran on Saturday, while for Roscommon Gaels, Kenny Doolan, Gary Waldron, Johnny Maloney and Cillian Egan will sure to be prominent in their challenge. There may not be a lot in this game and maybe Oranís experienced players might just edge it for them.

In the Shannonside SFC, Castlerea St Kevinís have qualified for the semi final after their five point win against Kilmore in the quarter final replay last weekend while in the IFC, St Brigidís and St Dominicís qualified for the semi finals after good wins over Fuerty and Boyle.

In the U16 football championship finals there were good wins for Strokestown against Boyle in Division One and for Western Gaels against Tulsk in the Division Two decider. Both games were played at Dr Hyde Park.

This weekend, the final round of league games in the Corrib Oil SFL division one will take place with all games except for the Roscommon Gaels v St Brigidís game (which is on Sunday) taking place on Saturday evening at 5.45 pm.

There is also a full programme of matches in the Roscommon and District league with full details in our sports section. It has also been another busy week for the Donamon Dynamos Cycling club. Coverage of all the above and much more in this weekís People Sport.