Dundalk Young Ireland
Given their relentless form, it would be a big surprise if both St Kevin’s were not promoted and defeated Dundalk Young Ireland in this Phillipstown contest.
Ceni Crosby and Sean Callan are set to return in the starting XV for Thomas McNamee’s relegation, Kevin, who is joint top of the table, appears to be very strong.
Ireland’s starting squad should consist of Derek Maguire and Cathal Ferriter, which could add a threat factor to the competition, but it may well be that this is where the Division 2 holders hand over the throne in a symbolic sense.
Verdict: St. Kevin’s
The DUNDALK Gaels had 12 points left when the sides met in mid-lout earlier in the season, although the landscape has since changed and a certain Ryan Burns, who hit 3–10 in their win over Young Ireland, at Hunterstown. There is a red-hot forward that the hosts must be feeling scared.
Cathal O’Hanlon’s men won 10 of their opening 11 matches this season and took a six-point margin for the division, but that advantage evaporated with two crucial losses and Rovers are well aware that Anything other than a win here will kill his interest in the promotion.
If Oisin Murray comes back, Gayle has a chance to arrest his slide, but it looks like a tall order based on recent results.
Verdict: Hunterstown Rovers
NIALL Ronan’s O Raghallaigh’s have won their two different games with only a few days left and will be well aware of the importance of winning at Roche if they are to keep looking for promotions.
Ruthie Moore and Barry Flanagan are in doubt for the competition at Rathduff, although Roche, who suffered a final-time loss to St. Kevin, is still short of Barry O’Hare, Peter Lynch. The O’Connell brothers and David Quigley.
After Roche fails to fire on his final trek, the North Road side will be primed for this outing, especially as Division 1 lights begin to fall through a chime in the ceiling.
Verdict: Hey Raghallaighe
O’CONNELL’S dashed Kilkirley’s top six aspirations with a strong second-half performance a few weeks ago, and Paul McKeever’s men will know the importance of a repeat show.
The Emmetts had Tadhag McEnany playing that night and if they can get enough help from Fionn Kaminsky it could be a very high scoring encounter at Castlebellingham, given that Niall Conlan, Sean Doyle and Robert Quigley are in the second half of the field. There are prolific registrars at the ends.
The Klan Na Gael beat Kilkarely on the last day and the only need for a win here is to give themselves some breathing room.
Verdict: Kilkearly Emmets
The Plunketts are great survivors and, buoyed by their victory over O’Connell, which saw them move past the foot of the table, they would imagine a cut in the mail in the uncompromising St. Last meeting at Cluskey Park.
It may come down to which big county players perform better, Connell McCall at one end and Connor Early at the head of the Plunkets’ attack.
The Jose must be very strong, but on a tight pitch, with Plunkett stakes and a sprinkling of Man mountains around the field, Colin Kelly’s men will find it challenging.
Verdict: Oliver Plunkett’s
clan na gail
The CLANS dropped a costly point when these teams, which had met earlier in the campaign, were out of sight at stage one, but Alan O’Neill’s men turned a corner as St. will signal.
Bares, on the other hand, are in serious trouble and suffered a major setback in their fight against relegation with the loss of O’Connell and St Joseph’s, making it necessary to win it at John Markey Park.
If Ciaran Markey and Jack Butterley can fire, they have a chance here, although Sean O’Hanlon and Billy Smith may be too hot for their punchy defenses to handle.
Verdict: Clan Na Gail