Local derbies this weekend!
Oran v Creggs on Saturday
in Rockfield at 6 pm
A juicy local derby to get the championship underway and bragging rights will be as important as anything else. Oran have been knocking on the door in recent years but they have been struggling this year with a number of key players missing. However they have young players and it will be interesting to see how many feature here.
I was impressed with Creggs last year and if Noel Gately and Shane Dowd can shine up front then they will be in with a great chance of an opening win. I can’t separate them.
Prediction: A Draw
Kilmore v Tulsk on Saturday
in Boyle at 6.45 pm
Tulsk have been the ‘nearly men’ of the IFC over the past five years and they have plenty of fine players. Gerry Lohan and Seamie O’Neill will be anxious to start with a win as their expectations will be high this year.
Kilmore are the quintessential championship battlers and they always perform when their backs are to the wall. Gerry Garvey is now at the helm and there is no more passionate Kilmore man than the former Roscommon player. Paul Garvey is now playing his club football in the UK and he has been their talisman over the past few years alongside Derek Connellan. I fancy Tulsk to win.
Fuerty v St. Dominic’s on Sunday
at Dr Hyde Park at 2.45 pm
An interesting mid-Roscommon clash as championship favourites Fuerty open their campaign against St. Dominic’s. Fuerty were unlucky in the final last year and Niall Kilroy will once again lead from the front with Philip Neilan, the Bannons and Gearoid Ennis also in the black and amber.
Davy Kelly is now at the helm at Dominic’s and they will be well organised with a definite game plan to restrict Fuerty. Having said that, it is hard not to see a Fuerty win.
Éire Óg v St. Barry’s on Saturday in Boyle at 5 pm
Éire Óg will be the favourites to start with a win against a St. Barry’s side who began the championship poorly last year before finishing like a train. If Éire Óg field close to full strength they will be strong enough to win it.
Prediction: Éire Óg
Kilbride v St. Aidan’s
on Sunday in Dr Hyde Park at 1 pm
St. Aidan’s are on an upward curve after a few very lean years and they have a few nice young players. Kilbride have been struggling in recent years and they are very dependent on Conor Devaney in games like these. Aidan’s look to have more in the tank but there won’t be much in it.
Prediction: St. Aidan’s
Shannon Gaels v St. Brigid’s
on Sunday in Kilglass at 2 pm
A difficult game to predict. Shannon Gaels are a good side but the outcome will depend on what type of team Brigid’s field. The Kiltoom club have many very talented young players and that was very much in evidence as they swept to the junior title last year. Shannon Gaels may have the edge in experience but this could be a very bumpy ride for them. I give the Gaels a very hesitant vote to edge it.
Prediction: Shannon Gaels