SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE RACE HOTS UP

28 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

It is only the second round of matches in the Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship but sudden death awaits two of the four teams, Castleblaynay, Donaghmoyne, inniskeen and Magheracloone who are fighting for survival in the two back door games set take place on Sunday afternoon.

Inniskeen play Magheracloone in Drumhowan at 1:30pm. When these two sides were an action last weekend Inniskeen shipped an eight points defeat at the hands of Scotstown while Magheracloone were in the game against Clontibret for much longer and indeed were in a position at one stage to push for victory but conceded a couple of goals at vital times in the second-half.

Inniskeen’s lack of firepower was illustrated against Scotstown and they will have to improve in that regard but that will be to generate a greater return from the likes of Ronan Meegan, Donal Meegan and Paul Meegan, the latter top scorer last time out with five points, four from frees. Defensively Magheracloone are well organised with Peter Ward and Paul McArdle along with James Lambe, Ronan Freeman and Peter Tuite keeping things tight and scoring chances will be at a premium for Inniskeen. The Grattan’s too have quality in defence in the likes of Matthew McKenna at centre back and Michael Fitzpatrick and it will be a real battle in midfield where James Ward and Gavin Doogan form the partnership for Magheracloone and Gerard McArdle along Shane Woods get through a lot of work for Inniskeen.

Up front though Magheracloone have a greater range in their armoury with Tomas Freeman leading on the ‘40 and excellent young players in the likes of Alan Kierans, Alan McCahey and Paudie McMahon, the latter coming on as a substitute last time out but could start this time around, and in those players along with Freeman and Paudie Finnegan they have the firepower to seal Inniskeen’s fate for 2015 and book their place in the next round.

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