St Michael’s are on their travels again this Sunday when they face Kilbride at 12.45pm in Hyde Park in the Intermediate Connacht club football final.
Pat Regan’s men had a fine win, 2-11 to 2-07 over Aughnasheelin (Leitrim ) last Sunday in Cloone, and they will need all their stars shining again this weekend if they are to down a talented Kilbride outfit.
St Michael’s are very strong down the middle and players like Robbie Hannon, Alan Glynn, Peter Ruane, Eddie Hoare, Pat Regan, Greg Rogan, and Michael Feeney would make the vast majority of the senior teams in Galway. The whole panel are training and playing with great zest and that vivacity and oomph may be enough to get them over this final fence, but it won’t be easy.
I met Moycullen club secretary and St Mary’s deputy principal Michael Lee going into SuperValu in Moycullen on Monday evening to collect the Connacht Intermediate Cup for the presentation next Sunday.
Last year, Gearoid Clancy – a past pupil of St Mary’s – collected all that was to be garnered in this grade with Moycullen and it would be great to see Greg Rogan, another ex St Mary’s man, collect this Sunday and put his club in the hat for a chance to play in Croke Park in 2009 too.
However, a team has to walk before they can run and St Michael’s need to focus on the task in hand before thinking such heady thoughts.
Kilbride are highly rated in Roscommon and with the likes of Gerry, Eddie, and Stephen Lohan in their ranks, and on home soil, they will be hard to stop.
That said, St Michael’s have played some scintillating football this year, and if some of that form can be replicated on Sunday, they should have enough in the tank to make the winners’ enclosure.
For the Corofin travelling supporters, be sure to try to get down early to shout on your county colleagues. A bit of extra support in the final quarter of the intermediate final could make all the difference.