Both Tulsk Lord Edwards and Ballinameen are 60 minutes away from Connacht final appearances, but they’ll have to come through very tough challenges if they are to get there, with Galway and Mayo opposition standing in their way on Saturday afternoon.
It’ll be the battle of the shootout kings in Dr. Hyde Park when Tulsk take on Oughterard, who also won their county championship by way of a penalty competition. Twenty-year-old attacking sensation Matthew Tierney was in sensational form in both their initial draw and their replay against Micheál Breathnachs, firing over spectacular equalising scores in both games, not to mention a third at the end of extra time in the drawn game for good measure. He turned out to be the hero in the shootout as well, kicking the decisive goal in their 5-4 win over their Connemara rivals.
Tulsk’s laboured win over Leitrim Gaels last Saturday (see page 14 for full match report) would suggest that the Mid-Roscommon club needed that game to try and get the aftermath of their county final win out of their system, and they’ll have to regain their attacking rhythm against a side that have been scoring freely. Tierney has already been earmarked as one to watch at county level next year and curtailing his influence will be crucial if Tulsk are to extend their season by another fortnight.
St. Faithleach’s Brendan Healy was the man in the middle as Kilmaine of Mayo bounced back from their county final defeat to Castlebar Mitchels with a 4-8 to 2-11 win over Glenamaddy last Saturday in Tuam, with goals from Cathal Murphy, Jarlath Mullin and Colin Hughes giving them a ten-point half time lead.
Kilmaine will now play Ballinameen on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Elverys MacHale Park. It represents a step up in class for Charlie Ward’s men as they try to break a six-year run in which no club from Roscommon has beaten Galway or Mayo opposition at this grade.