Sligo’s ‘Big Two’ will take part in the Div 1 finals this weekend

This weekend is the second biggest in the Sligo GAA club calendar and certainly the biggest so far this year with four Senior League Finals to be decided.

The details of promotion and relegation for the next season have already been decided through the round-robin section of the league, all Saturday and Sunday regarding bragging rights at the top of each of Divisions One, Two, Three and Four. Will happen.

The Division One final, which will be played at Markiewicz Park at 5.00 pm on Saturday, will be a repeat of last season’s County Senior Championship final when county league and championship holder Tourlestrain take on Coolera Strandhill.

Both sides remained unbeaten through the league campaign in Saturday’s game and both were also victorious in their respective divisional Spring League campaigns.

After defeating third-placed Shamrock Gales on the scoring difference in their first game of the round-robin stage, Tourlestrain went on to their next four games with ease in the style of a team that has won the previous six Sligo Championships. .

In the last three rounds they have come through several tight games against St Farnan’s and against Sunday’s opponents with draws in each of the last two games and a determined St Mary’s in the previous game from behind. .

With former Roscommon manager Fergal O’Donnell now patrolling the sidelines, Tourlestrane will be determined to show they have not lost any of their winning streak.

Colera Strandhill’s league campaign was relatively short and would be happy to emerge unbeaten in the opening round despite injuring several key players as well as county players.

Both sides will be close to full force for Saturday’s game which will be the first of two major clashes between the sides as they also get together in the group stages of the County Championship starting next weekend.

In the Division Two final it will be a contest between South Sligo neighbors Currie and Buninden who meet on Sunday afternoon, also at Markiewicz Park, at 4.00 pm. Following his breakout year with the county senior team, Curry has been the stand out side in the round robin stage this year under the leadership of Alan Reilly and helmed by the evergreen Adrian Maren. Curry has dropped only one point in the competition so far – a home draw against Givag and will likely start as favorites on Sunday.

Although Bunniadden can be guaranteed to counter it. Last year’s Division Three league winners, who were unlucky last year to go down to St Molaise Gayle in an uphill battle and a very tight County Intermediate Championship semi-final, bring strength and organization and plenty of scoring power.

Curry won big in a league game between the two sides earlier this season, but Sunday’s game will undoubtedly be a tough one.

In the Division Three final, to be played at the Sligo GAA Center of Excellence in Skarden at 2.00 pm on Sunday, St Michaels, who led the division almost all the way through the league stage, will face Castleknoor who defeated St Patrick with his strength. thrown out. Victory in a one-on-one contest between the sides on the first Sunday of the league.

St Michaels, who last year contested the Junior A Championship final, have been one of the most consistent sides at this level over the past two years and have an emerging group of young players like Kyle Davey and Ciarán McConne – who are in the Sligo U20 Was in Connacht. The championship winning squad – which will look forward to more success in the near future.

CastleConnor is manned by Sligo midfielder Sean Carabin, who can be expected to be a big influence in the game with his ball-carrying and scoring abilities.

The Division Four A final is a repeat of last season’s Junior B Championship final and the 2021 U20B final, highlighting the depth both clubs have. They play on Saturday evening at 7.00 pm at Buninaidden Community Park, with the winner being promoted to Division Three and the loser going to the play-off against Division Four B winner St Patrick’s.