Seamus Duke’s Weekend Previews

Boyle must make case for ‘the defence’!

Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC (Round 3)

Group A

There are surprisingly few actual ‘must win’ games in Round 3 this weekend. Clann na nGael know that they will finish top of the table, while Western Gaels will be bottom regardless of what happens when the two sides meet on Friday night in Ballyforan (8 pm). It also means that Western Gaels will be in the relegation play-off battle.

The other match in the group, between Padraig Pearses and Strokestown at the same time (in Kiltoom), will sort out who finishes second and third. It should be competitive, with Strokestown in good form following a battling win against Western Gaels last weekend. They could win this one too.


Group B

While Boyle have put up two very big scores to date, they are showing signs of being suspect in defence. They will have to be careful against Elphin when the sides meet on Sunday at Orchard Park (1 pm). Boyle’s firepower should pull them through.

Roscommon Gaels will entertain high-flying Michael Glavey’s at Lisnamult, at the same throw-in time. It should be a competitive fixture. Glavey’s look good up front, with Cathal Heneghan back among the goals, and they should confirm their place at the top of the table with a narrow win.


Group C

Oran have answered every question they have been asked at senior level so far, but they could face a stiff challenge away to Tulsk on Sunday (at 1 pm). Both sides know they’re through, but I presume that Billy Donnellan’s side would prefer to go into the quarter-finals unbeaten.

St. Croan’s really struggled against Tulsk and Oran, and now they face the champions St. Brigid’s on Sunday in Enfield. Eamon Towey’s men will be setting their sights on a relegation battle as St. Brigid’s should win with a bit to spare.


Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC (Round 3)

Group A

This is another group where the top and bottom places have been decided already. Fuerty face Shannon Gaels at Hyde Park on Saturday (2.30 pm) in the knowledge that they will top the section, while Shannon Gaels will be preparing for a relegation battle.

Creggs and Castlerea travel to Enfield at the same starting time to sort out who will finish second and third in the group. Castlerea should have enough quality to emerge victorious.


Group B

Clann na nGael have been probably the most impressive side in this championship up to this point and they should be far too strong for a Ballinameen side who have struggled thus far when the sides meet in Ballinameen on Sunday (3 pm).

Kilbride are at home to St. Aidan’s in what looks an evenly matched contest. Aidan’s will be hoping that they can continue the good form they showed against Ballinameen last weekend, but with home advantage, Kilbride must be the fancy.


Group C

Éire Óg haven’t won a game yet but they have played very well in both their outings and should be rewarded with a victory when they face Kilmore on Sunday in Loughglynn (3 pm). Kilmore are really struggling this year and look destined for a tough relegation dogfight.

A strong argument can be made for St. Faithleach’s v St. Dominic’s being the prospective game of the weekend in either championship. This could well be a rehearsal for a final pairing. Dominic’s look the better balanced outfit and I take them to win narrowly.