A third win from three for Oran, confirmation that St. Brigid’s are back in business, and confidence-boosting wins for Boyle and Roscommon Gaels were highlights of a busy schedule of matches last weekend.
Seven teams have now made it into the quarter-finals. Boyle, Clann na nGael, Michael Glavey’s, Oran, Roscommon Gaels, St. Brigid’s and Strokestown will be joined by either Padraig Pearses or Tulsk (who meet in a play-off this weekend).
Oran’s remarkable campaign continued – in now familiar fashion – with another decisive win, this time at the expense of Tulsk (1-14 to 1-8). It’s three from three for the newly-promoted Oran – and they’ll have no intention of ending the fairytale yet.
St. Brigid’s, shocked by Oran in round 1, have recovered from that significant wobble and are now strong contenders with a real chance of retaining the title. They were impressive when easily accounting for a deflated St. Croan’s.
Boyle also advanced but it wasn’t too convincing. Daire Cregg’s late goal ended Elphin’s stubborn resistance, Boyle winning by three (1-13 to 2-7). Still, Boyle are in a good place.
Roscommon Gaels staggered into the quarter-finals in unconventional style – well, an unconventional scoreline at least – as they defeated Michael Glavey’s, 3-4 to 1-8 and then hit the jackpot in the draw. It doesn’t amount to title-challenging form, but manager Decie Hoare will be encouraged by this win and intent on the Gaels reaching a new level the next day.
Strokestown and Clann are also through, with the remaining last eight spot up for grabs this weekend, when attention turns to vital play-offs.
In the SFC, Tulsk and Padraig Pearses meet on Sunday at Dr. Hyde Park, neither team having particularly impressed so far. A quarter-final place is up for grabs, with Pearses the strong favourites and Tulsk likely to relish underdogs’ status.
That match will be preceded by an SFC relegation play-off (1 pm) at the same venue, with Western Gaels and Elphin meeting. The losers will play St. Croan’s.
In the IFC draw, Creggs have been given a place in the quarter-final. Éire Óg and St. Aidan’s meet at Hyde Park on Saturday to see who joins them.
The IFC relegation play-off between Kilmore and Ballinameen takes place in Strokestown, also on Saturday. The losers of that tie will play Shannon Gaels.