All Saints Day!

Senior status the goal for Dominic’s and Faithleach’s

St. Dominic’s and St. Faithleach’s will meet in what promises to be a fascinating Roscommon Intermediate Football final on Sunday, with a huge prize at stake: title glory, and a passage to the senior ranks.

It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated finals in years, with two ambitious clubs going head to head after impressive campaigns that were marked by quality football and high-scoring displays.

The teams played a close semi-final last season, with St. Dominic’s edging it. When they met earlier this year, albeit at a point when both teams had advanced in their group, the resulting draw was further evidence of how well matched they are on their day.

St. Dominic’s manager Tomás Gilleran says his team is improving and in good shape ahead of Sunday’s final.

“We are improving. Last year we had a lot of tough matches played by the time we got to the final. This year we had a few injuries early in the campaign and I always said if we survived and got out of the group we would have bodies coming back.

“Now a few sessions out from the final everyone on the panel is available for selection. We are getting stronger”.

For his part, St. Faithleach’s manager Wally Burke is hoping that injuries to key players won’t halt his team’s march.

Three county players – Brian Murtagh, Darragh Hussey and Cian Glennon – are injury casualties, a big blow to the Ballyleague side. St. Dominic’s, for their part, have missed the injured Keith Doyle, who could yet figure in the final.

Both teams have been in impressive form, scoring freely and winning their respective semi-finals with lots to spare. It’s all to play for at Hyde Park on Sunday (3 pm).

Meanwhile, last Sunday’s eagerly awaited County Senior Hurling final did not disappoint, with favourites Athleague recovering from the sending off of Alan Moore to beat their friends and neighbours, Tremane, by 3-12 to 0-15.

Niall Kilroy, with 0-12, was inspirational for a gallant Tremane, but Athleague, spurred on by man of the match Ronan O’Meara, were deserved winners. Ultimately, their three goals proved decisive, as Tremane manager Seamus Qualter graciously observed, summing up the game thus: “It was a funny game, but look, goals win matches and Athleague got three and we got none…fair play to them they were the best team on the day and they deserved to win it”.