O’D’s and Pearses to edge tight semi-finals

Graham Tarmac JFC Semi-Finals (Saturday)

O’Donnell’s v Eire Og (MacRory Park 3-00pm)

O’Donnell’s enjoy home advantage in this one by virtue of finishing top of their group and the Whiterock Road side have been impressive this season, finishing third in division 3 and recording wins over Saturday’s opponents in the group stages at Cherryvale and following those wins with victories over Wolfe Tonnes and Pearses.

Eire Og finished third in the same group behind Pearses but qualified for the semi-final with a good win over Laochra Loch Lao in the quarter-final and will certainly not be there just to make up the numbers.

Only four points separated O’Donnell’s and Eire Og in the group stages but the MacRory Park side look to be the team in form and home advantage should see them through in this one.

Graham Tarmac JFC Semi-Final (Cherryvale 3-00pm) Saturday

St. Malachy’s v Pearses

Padraig Pearses finished second to O’Donnell’s in group 1 and went on to qualify for Saturday’s semi-final with a win over St. Agnes in the quarter-final. Pearses have been knocking on the championship door for some time now and lost out narrowly to Rasharkin at the same stage of the competition last year before being beaten by the same side in the league final.

St. Malachy’s enjoyed a good season and finished top of their group unbeaten and will fancy their chances of progressing to this year’s championship final but last years-experience may give Pearses the edge in what should be a close encounter.

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