Sunday, September 19, 2021

Oran will play a third local derby fixture in succession after this evening’s senior championship quarter-final draw paired them with neighbours Roscommon Gaels. After shocking St. Brigid’s in the first round this year, the reigning intermediate champions have kept their good form going with wins over local rivals Tulsk and St. Croan’s, and now they’ll have an eagerly awaited contest with a misfiring Roscommon Gaels side next weekend to try and reach a senior semi-final.

If they get that far, they’ll play the winners of Clann na nGael and Michael Glaveys, who were also drawn out together. Both those clubs started the 2021 senior championship with two wins in succession, before stumbling last time out. Clann can be excused their draw with Western Gaels given that they had nothing to play for, however Michael Glaveys made their path to the final much tougher by stumbling at Lisnamult and now they must take on an in-form Clann group.

Boyle and St. Brigid’s got what are on paper, the toughest draws out of the four seeded teams. Boyle will take on Pádraig Pearses, who qualified thanks to a comfortable 2-17 to 0-8 win over Tulsk today, and this should be a feisty encounter based on the contests that took place in the 2019 semi-final and last year at Woodmount.

Finally St. Brigid’s will meet Strokestown, who have picked up form nicely in the group stages. This is also a rematch of a group game from last year, where Strokestown were right in contention up until the closing minutes, despite losing Cathal Compton to an early red card.

In the intermediate championship, Éire Óg will take on Castlerea St. Kevin’s in what should be another very close contest between two near neighbours, while the tie of the round is the clash of Fuerty and St. Faithleach’s. St. Faithleach’s let a good lead slip in the second half of their final group game against St. Dominic’s and like Glaveys at senior, they’ve paid a price in the form of a much tougher quarter-final draw than might otherwise have been the case. The winner of these two quarter-finals will meet in the semi-final stages, while St. Dominic’s will be hotly fancied to come through the other side of the draw.

The Knockcroghery club will be expected to easily account for Kilbride next weekend, even allowing for Kilbride showing a noticeable improvement in their form this year, while the other quarter-final will be between Creggs and Clann na nGael B.

Meanwhile in the junior championship, Western Gaels were drawn straight into the quarter-finals, while St. Ronan’s will meet St. Dominic’s next weekend to decide the final slot in the last eight. Roscommon Gaels were drawn out as the final seeded team, so they will join St. Brigid’s, Pádraig Pearses and Kilglass Gaels in pot one when the draw for that takes place next weekend.

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