Brigid’s look to bounce back!
Hodson Bay Hotel SFC (Round 2)
Game of the Weekend
St. Brigid’s v Strokestown on Friday in Kiltoom at 8 pm
Brigid’s will not want to lose two in a row. They were very disappointing in the second half against Clann and will have to pick it up considerably against a Strokestown side who have plenty of good players. They will be boosted by a very good win against Boyle, but at home, and in need of a win, it would be a shock were Brigid’s not to get off the mark.
Prediction: St. Brigid’s
Clann na nGael v Roscommon Gaels at Johnstown on Saturday at 6.45 pm
A very interesting game in prospect here between two teams that were impressive winners last weekend. The Gaels will be without John McManus, Bryan O’Gara, Paul Gleeson, John Nolan (injured) and Kevin O’Gara (suspended), which will leave them short in defence. Clann were very impressive in the second half against Brigid’s and look a very well balanced outfit. Donie Shine, the Lennons and Ultan Harney can give them the edge on their home turf.
Prediction: Clann na nGael
Boyle v Western Gaels on Sunday in Boyle at 3.45 pm
Both these teams are in need of a win. Western Gaels faded badly against Roscommon Gaels while Boyle never looked like beating Strokestown last weekend. If Donie and Enda Smith and Cian McKeon can get enough ball then Boyle must be the favourites. Western Gaels will have to make a significant improvement to win here and will need Seanie McDermott, the Creggs and Ciaran Cafferky at their very best.
St. Croan’s v Pádraig Pearses on Saturday in Johnstown at 5 pm
Pearses swatted away the challenge of Castlerea last weekend and look genuine contenders this year. Bigger tests will lie ahead later in the year but they should be able to make it two from two against Croan’s who fought back well against Elphin. It will be more of a contest for Pat Flanagan’s men this week but it’s a test they should pass comfortably enough.
Prediction: Pádraig Pearses
Elphin v Michael Glavey’s on Sunday in Boyle at 2 pm
Elphin will be well pleased with their win against St. Croan’s while Glavey’s did well without Andy Glennon against Faithleach’s but lost out nevertheless. There won’t be much in this game and I have a feeling that Glavey’s might win it by a point or two if they can field close to full strength.
Prediction: Michael Glavey’s
Castlerea St. Kevin’s v St. Faithleach’s on Sunday in Strokestown at 3.45 pm
Castlerea’s collapse against Pearses in the second half last weekend does not augur well for their challenge to stay in the senior ranks. With the Murtagh brothers in attack Faithleach’s are always a dangerous side and they should win here with a bit to spare.
Prediction: St. Faithleach’s
Fuerty ready to fire?
Mulryan Construction IFC (Round 2)
Kilmore v Fuerty on Saturday in Kilmore at 6 pm
This certainly qualifies as the ‘Game of the Weekend’ in the IFC. Fuerty were functional rather than brilliant in their opening round win against St. Dominic’s while Kilmore pushed Tulsk all the way. At home, Kilmore are very hard to beat and Fuerty will have to be about their business if they hope to win here. I am giving them a very hesitant vote but won’t be surprised if Kilmore turn the tables.
Tulsk v Creggs in Knockcroghery on Sunday
at 1 pm
Tulsk were happy to escape from last Sunday’s game with Kilmore by a point. They should have a few more points to spare against a Creggs side that will be hoping to win a couple of games later in the year. This looks a bridge too far for them though.
St. Dominic’s v Oran on Sunday in Knockcroghery at 2.45 pm
Dominic’s went down fighting against Fuerty last weekend and if they can display the same intensity they will test an Oran side which is plagued by injuries. There won’t be much in this and maybe home advantage will be the deciding factor.
Prediction: St. Dominic’s
St. Barry’s v St. Aidan’s on Saturday in Tarmonbarry at 6 pm
On the basis of a very good display last weekend Barry’s should make it two wins out of two at home.
Prediction: St. Barry’s
Éire Óg v St. Brigid’s on Sunday in Loughglynn at 2 pm
Both sides need a win and Éire Óg will have to improve significantly on their display against St. Barry’s. At home they might just edge it.
Prediction: Éire Óg
Kilbride v Shannon Gaels on Sunday at Strokestown 2 pm
Both sides were good winners last weekend and there will not be much between them on neutral ground.