The Belfry SFC Semi-Finals- Preview

Coolera/Strandhill v St.Marys

Neighbours - friends or foe? One thing is we know Coolera will relish the chance to try and inflict some misery on their town neighbours. Will Marys be up for the fight? The first half performance by Coolera the last day v Tubbercurry was as good as there has been in the senior championship. The second half scoring by Marys in the quarter final v Mullinabreena was crazy, in fact it was the last 18 minutes. In both cases was it a case that Tubber just thought they had to turn up, that Mullinabreena after the double goals of Cawley and Breheny just threw in the towel?

The Marys forward line is loaded with scorers, Cawley, Breheny, Rooney and Coen, have Coolera enough backs to deal with that. However the best defence is not to let them get the ball and in this case Banks and Doyle have been excellent throughout the campaign. Paul Kilcoyne will get through for a point or two though and Jon Lynch may be asked to shoot from outside the zone. Coolera are good at the outside shooting with Niall Murphy and Mahoney striking up a good partnership throughout the championship. The speed of the Coolera counter attack against Tubber was excellent by Parke, Laffey and the late additions the last day of Higgins and McCallion were particularly impressive. Will the conditions play a part too? Marys quick hand passing inside has seen them create lots of goal chances and goals win games. 


Shamrock Gaels v Tourlestrane

Gaels are in action for the third weekend in a row after their two games against Calry in the quarter final. The positive for them is that they finished the stronger on Sunday last however they leave teams in the game with a fighting chance coming to the final whistle. Will Paul Higgins be able to start having come off last weekend at half time? He would be a huge loss as he his like an on field manager for their defence. The last day they were reliant on frees to get over the line but in fairness Johnny Quinn is like a livewire in the inside line always looking for the ball. Sean Carroll also has not shirked away from work and his storming runs up the line have launched a lot of the Gaels attacks. 

Tourlestrane got more than they and possibly anyone outside of Drumcliffe expected in their quarter final clash. Their extended panel is in excellent shape as well with them having reached the county junior final and the likes of Walsh, Bailey, O'Hara and Lundy will be ready to step up if need be. Kelly, Gaughan and Cathal Henry at midfield are game winners by themselves but Tourlestrane appear to play in a very structured way and like to close out games early. McIntyre is an excellent defender and also the man who sets the tone and standard. Tourlestrane always respect the opposition and in this case they know each other so well but Tourlestrane have so many options available to them it is hard to see a Gaels victory


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