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Football Final weekend, how does everyone see the 4 games panning out

Senior A - Rhode v Tullamore

Third year in a row these 2 face each other in the final with 1 win each. Tullamore looking to retain the title for the first time since the 1920s and Rhode looking for 1 last kick out of their amazing group of players in their 11th final in a row. Tullamore had a comfortable win over Edenderry in their semi final while Rhode showed great resilience, trailing 12 separate times in their semi to win on penalties. The previous 3 games between these have been low scoring affair with neither team hitting double digits points. All signs have Tullamore as favorites but Rhode always have a chance. I expect the first half to be cagey before Tullamore's younger legs and stronger bench will carry them through in the second half. Tullamore by 4

Senior B - Bracknagh v Clonbullogue

Battle of parish rivals. Bracknagh the pre season favorites after been relegated from Senior A while Clonbullogue riding the momentum of last years intermediate win and Leinster Junior win. Bracknagh struggled in their semi final while Clonbullogue are suffering from injuries and suspensions. Hardest game of the weekend to call. I fancy Bracknagh by 2 but a Clonbullogue win wouldn't be a shock. Replay can't be ruled out either

Intermediate - Ballycommon v Raheen

The 2 pre season favourites meet in the final. Raheen looking to bounce back from last years final defeat while Ballycommon won the league. The battle between Hyland and Dempsey could go a long way to deciding the outcome. The big O'Connor Park pitch could suit Ballycommon more but I think Raheen have that bit more quality over the pitch and think they will win by 3

Junior A - Kilcormac/Killoughey v Ballinagar

An intriguing matchup against the preseason favourites in K/K against the young and upcoming Ballinagar. Football very much plays second fiddle to hurling but they have more then enough good footballers to play at a higher grade even Senior if taken seriously. Ballinagar had 4 or 5 players on the under 20s the last few years but the loss of Morgan Tynan and Ryan Strong is massive for them. If they were playing I would make it a 50/50 game but without them i'd have to say K/K by 5

tonorio (Offaly) - Posts: 608 - 23/09/2022 11:37:24    2441628