Reserve Football Cup final
St. Gall’s v Kickham’s Creggan (4-00 St. Enda’s)
Saturday’s Reserve Football Cup final between St. Gall’s and Creggan at St. Enda’s has the makings of a good contest but has been made more difficult for the Staffordstown Road side by the fact that they will contest the Senior Football final less than 24 hours later.
A number of players who would be likely to start may now be unavailable as they will be required for the senior panel, putting the South West side at something of a disadvantage if that were the case. Purely speculation on my part however as I am not privy to who will be risked and whoever travels to Hightown will give their all in the Creggan cause.
St. Gall’s had no part in the fixture making however and will be concentrating on their own side who were mighty impressive last day out in dispensing with Cargin in the semi-final and by virtue of that performance will start Saturday’s final as favourites.
St. Gall’s qualified from a very strong Group 1 where they finished level with Casement’s Portglenone and Lamh Dhearg on 16 points each from 10 games and although Casement’s had the greater score difference it was the Milltown Row side and Lamh Dhearg who qualified by virtue of the head to head rule.
In Group 2 Creggan finished second to Erin’s Own, Cargin with 10 points from 7 starts and were drawn against the Hannastown side in the semi-final at Woodlands where they ran out 2-12 to 1-10 winners.
First-half goals from Conor McAuley and Liam McCann had Creggan in the box-seat as the Staffordstown Road outfit ensured that hopes of a Senior Football and Reserve Championship double remained in-tact thanks to a 2-12-1-10 win.
In their semi-final St. Gall’s had little difficulty in dealing with Cargin, hitting 6-12 against a depleted Erin’s Own side at St. Teresa’s to book a place in Saturday’s decider. Niall Burns top scored for the Milltown side with 2-2 and goals from Conor Doherty, Marc McKenna, Eoghan McCurdy and Ciaran Delaney earned them a place in Saturday’s decider.
Eoghan McCurdy, Conal Murray, Caolan Chada, Michael Hopkins, Niall Burns and Marc McKenna are likely to spearhead the St. Gall’s challenge, while Leon Bonnes, Mark Dougan, Conor McAuley, Liam McCann and Kealan McCann will backbone the Kickham’s challenge.
Verdict: Much will depend on what strength both sides field at but with the South West men with one eye on Sunday’s senior final I would expect St. Gall’s to lift the Reserve Cup.