Kennedy's IFC Weekend Games - Preview

Enniscrone/Kilglass v Easkey
Enniscrone in the last number of years have not beaten Easkey in championship. Though Con O'Meara is changing the mindset that is just a fact. However he worked the magic last year when defeating neighbours Castleconnor for the first time in intermediate championship  and they also topped their group when qualifying. Easkey have not found it as easy as when junior. Mikey Gordon has been in brillant form throughout the championship and the addition of Joe McHugh has given young Andrew Kilcullen more space to cause havoc. Josh Ellis though will relish marking either of them. Easkey should find it easier to get the scores to win the game but expect the two Mullaneys to do everything they can to stop them


Castleconnor v Geevagh
Both teams were qualified before the last round. Geevagh probably expected to top the group. Castleconnor probably were more content on having qualified though their last round game versus Curry would not give supporters much hope. When defeated their defence would have to take the blame but John McDonnell and David Carrabine would be expected to come back from that result and will not be found out for effort. They will need it though as Arthur Wall has emerged as an excellent centre back for Geevagh which has released Dathaí Reilly into full forward providing a fulcrum for their attack. He will be expecting plenty of assitance from Jodie. Pat Hughes and Kevin McDonnell have had a few great tussles over the last few years and the effect is they have cancelled each other out. This means the experience of Cawley and Henry in midfield for Geevagh will be vital and should get them over the line


Curry v Bunninadden
Championship favoutirtes Curry take on a Bunninadden team who have found form just when it was needed. 5 minutes into the second half of their game v Pats it looked like they would be heading to the relegation final but they wanted it more and then followed up with a well deserved victory over table toppers Enniscrone. The Cafferkeys, Frain and Clavin are as physically strong as any team in the championship but will they have the speed to hold back Michael Gordon from wing back. Will they be able to contain the mad for goals attitude of the Curry forwards where the Marrens and Alan Reilly have caused havoc. Then add in Red Óg getting another 2 weeks of football into him and this looks the easiest of the quarter finals to call though neighbours Bunninadden will not fear Curry


St.Farnan's v St.John's
A re-run of the Intermediate final of a few years back. The Farnans panel is more experienced now and Glenn Young has them playing a hard running style of play which has improved since the return home of Paddy O'Connor and Eamonn Kilgannon. With Mattie Lang providing the steel it should give their young forwards space to create the scores they need. Johns on the other hand have had a poor championship for a team who played in senior for so long and so recently. They are still dependent on Charlie Harrison, Shane Stenson. Conor Greene and Brian McGowan are excellent half forwards and when watching then it appears that these lads need a more attack minded game from Johns. It will be tight but Farnans have had plenty of those game in the last few weeks and this could be the vital ingredient to see them make the semis


Relegation Final

St.Pats v Ballymote
Pats were unlucky to lose to table toppers Enniscrone but they did have the upper hand with Bunninadden but they let that slip. Ballymote put in good efforts in their group games, in fact they lead 3 of the 4 games coming into the last 5 minutes but could not hold out either. Ballymote have a very definite way of playing and though the defensive/counter attacking game is beginning to lose favour around the country it might be just good enough to see off Pats


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