The Belfry SFC Quarter-Finals - Previews

Tourlestrane v Drumcliffe/Rosses Point
Are Drumcliffe happy to have avoided the relegation final and anything else is a bonus. Unfortunately for them the bonus is meeting the county champions who look unstoppable. Niall Colleary has been in excellent form during the group stages but the long ball in to him will probably not happen in this game. Tourlestrane are masters at watching a teams plan and dismantling it after 10 or 15 minutes of play. This is a game where Tourlestrane themselves will expect to win pulling up.

Tourlestrane

Tubbercurry v Coolera/Strandhill
Coolera put it up to Tourlestrane last year in the semi final and will expect to do the same to Tubbercurry. After they survived the scare of the relegation final with 2 ponts in injury time v Drumcliffe they will be hoping to have momentum coming into the game, however too many of their players are struggling for form. Tubber though are not flying either but appear to be trying to peak for the semi final and final. It may take time to dispose of Coolera but expect Tubber to do that in the end

Tubber

Shamrock Gaels v Calry/St.Joseph's
This is a very hard one to call. Gaels did excellently v Marys for 50 minutes the last day. Their style of play means they are always physically at their limit near the end of the games. Calry are a strong physical side who if they are with you near the final quarter will relish the challenge and get stuck in, will that be enough against the younger Gaels team who will be looking to Higgins to hold their very young defence together. Calry are fighting on two fronts with the hurling and was their group the easier of the two in the league stages. Gaels having played the teams who expect to be in the final will have the better preparation and should come through

Gaels

St.Mary's v Coolaney/Mullinabreena
Both teams play with similar styles. Hit the scorers with the ball early, if not on, then carry forward and look for a lace of passes to open up a scorer or to get a free. It took Marys a long time to come to terms with Gaels inthe last round but they did thanks mainly to their half back line with Lynch and O'Kelly-Lynch in fine form. If Marys get on top they will pile on the scores and do it quickly. Mullinabreena need more chances to get the scores but in fairness Coleman has improved ever game and has added a lot including physicality to the Gormans inside. There is no doubt that Mullinabreena will put everything on the line but will their backs be able to keep up with the array of scoring forwards of Brehony, Cawley, Coen and Rooney. Expect Mullinabreena to put in a huge shift and they will relish the task to take on the "townies" but Marys to pull through

Marys


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