Battle for remaining three places in the quarter-finals

Longford Slashers and Killoe Emmet Og will be among the sides looking to secure their places in the knock-out stages of the Senior Football Championship this weekend. Photo: Declan Gilmore
With Dromard, Colmcille, Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, Abbeylara and St Mary’s Granard all safely through to the knock-out stages of the Senior Football Championship, the battle is on for the remaining three places in the quarter-finals.

With Dromard, Colmcille, Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, Abbeylara and St Mary’s Granard all safely through to the knock-out stages of the Senior Football Championship, the battle is on for the remaining three places in the quarter-finals.

The final round of fixtures in the league stage of the Connolly Cup are down for decision this weekend, starting with the Ballymahon v Fr Manning Gaels clash at Maguire Park on Friday evening (throw-in 7.45pm)

Both clubs are pointless going into this game but there is a chance that the winners will earn a play-off, depending on the results in three of the other matches.

Currently locked on two points apiece and the favourites to qualify for the last eight are Killoe Emmet Og, Clonguish and Longford Slashers but that situation will change should even one of that trio happen to lose again.

As there is nothing at stake for Dromard in their meeting with Killoe at Monaduff on Sunday (throw-in 4pm), the county champions are expected to get the required result in advancing a stage further.

Longford Slashers, on the other hand, recovered from a dreadful defeat against Mullinalaghta in the opening round to score a surprise win over Emmet Og and are fancied to get the better of Mostrim at Leo Casey Park on Saturday evening (throw-in 7.45pm).

But this is a must win game for Edgeworthstown and who knows what might happen while Carrickedmond are in the same position for their make or break clash against Clonguish at Lynch Park on Sunday evening (throw-in 6.45pm).

Carrick were unlucky in the narrow defeats against Colmcille and Mullinalaghta and Eugene McCormack’s side will be quietly confident of putting it up against Clonguish, who will welcome back David Barden who missed the easy win over Mostrim in the previous round due to a one match suspension.

ROUND 3 FIXTURES

Ballymahon v Fr Manning Gaels

Prediction:

Fr Manning Gaels

Longford Slashers v Mostrim

Prediction: Slashers

Killoe Emmet Og v Dromard

Prediction: Killoe

Carrickedmond v Clonguish.

Prediction: Clonguish

There is absolutely nothing to play for in the other two games at Emmet Park on Saturday evening with the four teams involved already qualified for the quarter-finals.

Abbeylara v Mullinalaghta St Columba’s.

Prediction: Abbeylara

St Mary’s Granard v Colmcille.

Prediction: Colmcille