Reigning Connacht club champions St Brigid’s will be putting their title on the line when they meet Elphin in the Roscommon semi-final on Sunday in Hyde Park. Elphin are no strangers to the Kiltoom men who have beaten them in the last two county finals. Not surprisingly Kevin McStay’s side are warm favourites to maintain their unbeaten run but Elphin are sure to lay down a strong challenge. The Saints will be without the injured Robbie Kelly and will have to manage without the suspended Frankie Dolan which leaves them somewhat vulnerable.
Elphin blew Clann na Gael away in the quarter final kicking 3-13 in the process so are obviously hitting form at the right time. They are sure to run Brigid’s close but I still expect the men from the south of the county to have four or five points to spare.
Padraig Pearses have surprised many by progressing to the semi-final on their first year back in the senior ranks. They take on Roscommon Gaels in the second semi. Both sides will see this as a great opportunity to reach a decider even if the other semi-final is likely to produce the county champions.
Pearses have a good blend of youth and experience and with Niall, Conor, and Ronan Daly on board they might just do enough to shade it.