Furey's Coaches League FINALS previews



This weekend sees the 4 adult division league finals taking place. Each of the finals will be played as a double header along with a minor league final. 

Division 1 - Tourlestrane v Shamrock Gaels

As with all league finals the two most consistent teams in the county this year and the current Senior and Intermediate champions are in action in Kilcoyne Park on Saturday evening at 7:15pm. 

Gaels have continued from their defeat of Curry in last years Intermediate championship with a very impressive league campaign. They are a young team with a defined method of playing with sharpshooters in David Quinn and Darragh Hailstones. A lot of their starting team on Saturday were members of the county U20 panel also. Fitness is not an issue for this outfit but against a seasoned more mature Tourlestrane this will be tested to the end.
Tourlestane just keep on winning with this group of players and have been boosted with Liam Gaughans availability to increase their score getting. Whilst expecting Shamrock Gaels to be in with a great shout it is hard to look past Tourlestrane to add to their trophy cabinet.

Tourlestrane

Division 2 - Geevagh v Calry/St.Josephs

Calry return to the final again this year where they were shocked last year. They were strong favourites last year but that is not the case this time around with Geevagh having booked their spot in the final with a game to spare, Calry had to win on the last day to ensure their passage to the final. 

Geevagh are a good strong physical team throughout the field and if the O'Reillys click supplemented by the experience of Ken Sweeney and Pat Hughes they would expect to put up a good score. Calry would expect to match them physically and look to Conor Griffin and Eoin Doherty to have a big day. Aidan Devanney is he fit to start? The duel of the Geevagh full back line and Calry full forward line should be one to watch. With the experience of last year I expect Calry to win through.

Calry/St.Josephs

Division 3 Ballymote v Cloonacool

Will Cloonacool be happy to just have made the final? Will Ballymote win and get back to d2 at last? Cloonacool needed to win on the last day and Tourlestrane not to win to make it through. As it was they did their bit and had to rely on Tourlestrane just drawing with the league leaders, with the head to head meaning Cloonacool were through. Are they happy with that? Great work is been done in the area and what is surprising this year is the amount of scoring they are actually doing compared to the ultra defensive football they were playing for the past few years. The experience and guile of Hughie Marren is vital to them up front. 

However it is hard to look past Ballymote who have a mix of experience and youth, with Peter Lyons and Mark Irwin expected to be pulling the strings of their forward unit. As Ballymote showed last year when they put the effort in they are a match for the teams in division 2, now is the time to prove that correct. 

Ballymote

Division 4 St.Farnans v St.Marys

This is the hardest game to predict as who is going to play? Marys got a walkover in the semi final but went through the league in a good fashion topping their group which contained Farnans. The two teams met in the league proper a few weeks back where Marys traveled to Templeboy and came home with a 3 point victory in a high scoring game. 

With that result and their large pool of players Marys are given the nod

St.Marys


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