Club Championship previews 9th/10th Sept

Belfry Senior Championship

St.Mary’s vs Curry

This is a repeat of last year’s Belfry Senior Championship Semi-Final but this time it’s a real different kind of fixture for both sides as Curry are fighting for their life while Mary’s have won one and narrowly lost last time out against Tubbercurry.

Yet again Curry will be very dependent on the performance of Adrian Marren who if on song could cause problems for Glenn Young’s Mary’s side.

But the Sligo town side should have enough in the tank to get their second win of this year’s championship.

Tourlestrane vs Coolaney/Mullinabreena

Perhaps the most intriguing game of the weekend, the meeting of these south Sligo rivals in Group Three of the Belfry Senior Championship will tell a lot ahead of the knockout stages.

Despite the fact that both teams are already through to the knockout stages having defeated Drumcliffe/Rosses Point in recent weeks, this game should offer plenty of bite with both sides hoping to lay down a marker as the competition reaches the business end.

The fact that Tourlestrane native Anthony Brennan takes charge of Coolaney/Mullinabreena adds further spice to this encounter.

He will be hoping that his side can deliver on recent promise and become a real contender for glory in 2017, having failed to reach the last four last year after losing out to this Sunday’s opponents by a single point in the quarter-finals.

Tourlestrane remain favourites for the title ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, and they will view this tie as good preparation ahead of the knockout stages. They will be eager to avoid defeat, while a win would be a major boost to Coolaney/Mullinabreena.

Expect a feisty encounter, but Tourlestrane should have enough ammunition to edge it.

Eastern Harps vs Tubbercurry

Tubbercurry will hope to qualify for the semi-final stage of the Belfry Senior Championship this Sunday with a win over Eastern Harps at Bunninadden Community Park.

The south Sligo men will qualify straight to the last four if they top Group One, and few would bet against them getting the job done here over an Eastern Harps side likely to reach the quarter-finals, barring an unlikely sequence of results.

Tubbercurry have been quite impressive in the past six weeks, and should push Tourlestrane to the pin of their collar in the quest for outright glory in October.

While Eastern Harps have themselves looked slick at times, this should be another Tubbercurry win with Pat Kilcoyne’s charges readying themselves for a title challenge.


Coolera Standhill v Calry/St.Joseph’s

Both Sides are through to the last eight of this year’s championship but the winner of Sunday’s game will decide who top the group which is important for both sides.

Both sides were impressive against Molaise Gaels and for Calry Darragh Cummins stood out on fine performance but Coolera likewise with Niall Murphy and Barry O’Mahony also looked impressive.

Another win for John McPartland’s Coolera Standhill side looks likely on Sunday afternoon.




Kennedy’s Intermediate Preview’s

Geevagh vs Enniscrone/Kilglass

On Sunday afternoon Geevagh will play yet another West Sligo siode after coming through wins over Easkey and St Farnan’s. Geevagh last year’s finalists will be hoping to book a semi-final spot when they take on the surprise package of this year’s Kennedy’s Intermediate championship Enniscrone/Kilglass.

Enniscrone will be real underdogs but they can take massive heart from their second half performance against St.John’s and their victory over St.Patrick’s as they held on for one point victory.

 All in all it could be good encounter but Geevagh who have been playing at higher level all year in Division 2 of the league might just prove enough to get their third win of the year against West Sligo opposition.



St John’s vs Castleconnor

St John’s will have to negotiate another west Sligo challenge this weekend in their quest to reach the semi-finals of the Kennedy’s Intermediate Championship.

The Carraroe outfit defeated Enniscrone/Kilglass and St Patrick’s in the group stage, and now Castleconnor stand in their way at Bunninadden next Sunday.

The west Sligo men have steadily improved after an opening round defeat to Bunninadden with last weekend’s draw with Shamrock Gaels evidence of that.

Nonetheless, they will be up against it here with St John’s amongst the favourites to earn promotion back to senior level. If Alan Keane can continue his scoring exploits, St John’s should be capable of getting the win here but Castleconnor won’t make it too straightforward.

St Farnan’s vs Bunninadden

Perhaps the least clear-cut quarter-final in the Kennedy’s Intermediate Championship, both St Farnan’s and Bunninadden will harbour justified hopes of reaching the last four at Tourlestrane next Saturday evening.

Both sides have impressed in the group stages, with St Farnan’s overcoming neighbours Easkey while Bunninadden defeated Castleconnor and St Michael’s en route to the last eight.

St Farnan’s – with the likes of Finnian Cawley and Patrick O’Connor influential in the middle third – have a good mix of youth and experience. Bunninadden are a side in transition but have showed improvement this year following a poor campaign in 2016.

Expect a tight encounter – don’t rule out a draw.


Relegation Semi-Final

St.Michael’s vs St.Patrick’s

On Saturday evening both sides will be hoping to end a disappointing campaign as they hope to avoid relegation final.

Michael’s have had some heavy defeats and be hoping that one big performance could be enough for them to play Intermediate in 2018.

But Pats will be hoping that Padraic Clarke can get them over the line on Saturday evening. The west Sligo side should just have enough to get over the line.


Lola Montez Junior A Championship

Curry v St.John’s

Both teams will be eager for the win but after heavy defeat last time out for John’s it would be expected that Curry will get over the line.

Owenmore Gaels v Eastern Harps

It’s must win game for Owenmore Gaels after a disappointing result against Tourlestrane last time out but with that pressure it would be expected that they should have enough for Eastern Harps second team.


Ballymote v St.Mary’s

Ballymote will be hoping to get another win in the Junior grade as they bid to get back to Intermediate for 2017 and they should have enough against Mary’s who drew with Shamrock Gaels last time out.


Lola Montez Junior B Championship

Enniscrone Kilglass v Easkey

The battle of the west on Saturday evening it would be expected that Easkey who have been playing in division 3 of the league might just have enough to get over the line.


Calry/St.Joseph’s vs St.Molaise Gaels

Calry have had a good season in the league and they be hoping to get over the line against north Sligo side Molaise Gaels but this game could go either way.


Castleconnor vs Coolera Standhill

Castleconnor host Coolera on Saturday evening in a game both sides will be eager to win but with big game on Sunday for Castleconnor could  mean that Coolera might just get over the line.

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