Faithleach’s firepower can deliver title!

AIB Connacht Club IFC Final:
Naomh Anna (Galway) v St Faithleach’s on Saturday in Pearse Stadium at 1.30 pm

St. Faithleach’s can make it a week to remember for Roscommon clubs when they line out against Naomh Anna of Galway in Saturday’s Connacht intermediate final.

  One thing is for certain: if the game is tight, Faithleach’s know how to win a battle as they have gone through the mill in Roscommon against Fuerty, Castlerea and St. Dominic’s, and again in the Connacht semi-final against St. Farnan’s.

  Naomh Anna prevailed against Dunmore in a thrilling county final before swatting away Dromahair in the first round of the Connacht Championship. They were put to the pin of their collar to beat Mayo Gaels in the semi-final after extra-time so they too know how to survive a tight game.

  Their best known player is Galway senior full-back Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh, but they also have an impressive looking half-back line of Ciaran Bairead, Chris Seoige and Evan Ó Flaharta who are not afraid to go forward and attack. Up front, Matias Eoin Bairead and the Seoige brothers, Warren and Dylan, are excellent and dangerous attackers.

  Faithleach’s will have to ensure that they are tight in defence and Mikey Cox, Adrian Murtagh and Darren Nerney will have to be on top of their game. Dave Rooney and Conal Kennelly have been very good at midfield for Faithleach’s this year and don’t be surprised if you see Kennelly going in to the edge of the square at some stage.

  The attack is led by Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh, and if they play well then Faithleach’s are in with a great chance. Cathal Gunn and Kevin Farrell will also need to perform as they can and with Jonathan Hussey, Darragh Hussey and Stephen Ormsby among others to call on from the bench, Faithleach’s have a strong panel.

  The conditions will probably be poor on the day so it will most likely be a low-scoring game. In that regard Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh will hold the key. If they can do the business, Faithleach’s can bring the Gene Byrne Cup home to Ballyleague.

Prediction: St. Faithleach’s.