There’s also a full slate of action in the local ladies football championships today, with Clann na nGael’s contest against Shannon Gaels the most intriguing of three battles that are down for decision in the Abbey Hotel LGFA senior championship.
Last year Clann came desperately close to finally breaking through and knocking over Kilbride, only to miss their chance in the drawn county final and suffer a harrowing defeat in the replay. Given their age profile and their progression in recent seasons, this should have been the season for them to take the next step, though the loss of Ruth Finlass is a huge blow to the club.
On the other side, Shannon Gaels have recruited Feena Beirne from Strokestown and that will certainly help them try to get closer to the top two. If there is to be a joker in the pack, the Leitrim-border club possibly could be the ones to emerge.
In the other games, Kilbride will play host to Western Gaels and will be expected to prevail despite the likely absence of Alice Kelly, while St. Mary’s vs Kilglass Gaels represents a great chance for the 2019 intermediate champions to get off the mark with a win. On the flip side of that equation, relegation trouble will stare the losing club in the face, even with just one round of games completed.
There’s also a full slate of intermediate and junior fixtures, with junior champions Castlerea taking on 2019 intermediate finalists St. Ciarán’s standing out as a potentially fascinating fixture.
Expect a feisty local derby in Knockcroghery when St. Dominic’s play host to St. Brigid’s. For years the Kiltoom club were a dominant power on the local scene but they’ve undergone a huge amount of transition and St. Dominic’s could be better poised to mount a serious championship challenge in 2020. Finally Boyle will make the long trip to Pádraig Pearses, with all games throwing in at 11 a.m..