Plenty to play for as football championship continues

Fixtures: Saturday August 24 : Milltown v St Michael's 3pm, Corofin; Killererin v CLG Bhearna 6.30pm, Tuam Stadium; Sunday August 25: Salthill-Knocknacarra v An Spideal 3.45pm, Pearse Stadium

Round three wins for Salthill, Milltown and An Spideal leaves group one in the balance. A win for any team this weekend will go a long way to deciding who will go through this group and who will be in relegation trouble. All six teams are still in with an outside chance of a quarter-final spot.

Two wins in their final two games would give both Killererin and Bearna a chance, which does mean that on Saturday evening at least one of these teams will be preparing themselves for the dreaded relegation battle.

At the other end of the table a win for Salthill or An Spideal will guarantee themselves progression through the group. St Michael's and Milltown currently stand on three points a piece before they face each other on Saturday afternoon. A win for the city side or for last year's surprise package would all but guarantee a quarter-final play-off at the minimum.

Group Two

Fixtures: Saturday August 4, St James’ v Tuam Stars 4.30pm, Corofin; Sunday August 25, Corofin v Claregalway 4.45pm, Tuam Stadium, Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir v Annaghdown 6pm Clonbur.

With Corofin and Claregalway both safely through to the quarter-finals, their meeting on Sunday is no more than a formality.

Tuam Stars meeting with St James’in Corofin on Saturday evening, which could see Tuam get through to the quarter final, is the most important game of the weekend in this group.

Should Tuam win and Annaghdown beat Leitir Mor, the final round of group games will see a head-to-head between Annaghdown and St James to see who survives a relegation play-off.

Should Leitir Mor beat a downtrodden and disheartened Annaghdown, they will need to defeat Corofin in their final match to have any chance of surviving a relegation match.

Group 3

Fixtures: Saturday August 24, An Ceathru Rua v Moycullen 6.30pm, Rosmuc; Mountbellew/Moylough v Killanin 6.30pm, Pearse Stadium. Sunday August 25, Caherlistrane v Monivea-Abbey 6.30pm, Tuam Stadium.

With four teams currently level on four points, Mountbellew/Moylough currently top this group thanks to their superior scoring difference. Caherlistrane and An Ceathru Rua are the two teams currently in trouble in this group. If either team lose, they will be in a relegation play-off.

The big clash of the weekend is between Mountbellew and Killanin on Saturday evening in Pearse Stadium. The winners of this match will be out on top of the table.

Amazingly, at the end of play of round four of the club championship, three teams could be level on six points and all will still need some sort of a result to guarantee progression to the quarter finals.

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