Barna (@1.4) vs Naomh Anna (@3.25)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Barna will win

Barna – Naomh Anna Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 12:00

The Daly brothers Michael (captain) and John, who both started in Galways matches against London and Sligo, will carry the clubs hopes. Joe Bergin and Aaron McHugh are playing for another year, while Cathal Kenny returns from abroad. Mountbellew-Moylough have been dealt a blow ahead of the tie with former Galway player Eoin Finnerty ruled out through injury to add to an already lengthy injury list.

S. Conghaile; C. Seoighe for C. Grofa; P. Mac Donnchadha for A. Bairad, C. Cathin, T. Bairad, half-time; P. Subs: P. Fltharta, 51 mins; D. Mac Donnchadha; C. hgin, Colm Conghaile, C. Ftharta (0-3, two frees), A. Ftharta (0-1). Bairad (0-1), E. Ftharta, 54 mins. Naomh Anna, Leitir Mir: E. Flatharta; Cormac Conghaile (0-2), Ferdia Breathnach (0-2, one free), Fiachra Breathnach (captain); Ciarn Conghaile (0-2), P. Ceallaigh for P. M.

Killererin have lost four of their five games in Division 3 and drew the other. Killererins manager Jimmy Murphy returns with a new management team with plenty of experience, particularly with club legend Tommie Joyce, who trains the team. They will be looking to county senior panelist Mikey Boyle to try and cause an upset. Joyce was a player-manager in Killererins 2010 county final win over Corofin.

Michaels are mid-table in Division 1, as they take on newcomers An Spidal, who won the Intermediate Championship last year. 2015 runners-up St. Its their first meeting at senior level and St. Michaels will be relying on their county star Eamonn Brannigan, and experienced men like Eddie Hoare, who is also running for election to Galway City Council at the weekend.

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Salthill-Knocknacarra are bottom in Division 1 of the Senior League after losing five of their six games, while Barna are mid-table in Division 2. This local derby could be tighter than last years affair when Salthill-Knocknacarra won by 2-13 to 0-8. Last year, Salthill-Knocknacarra were defeated by Mountbellew-Moylough in the county semi-final, while Barna defeated Cortoon Shamrocks after a replay in the Relegation Play-off final.

D. Paddy Kennedy was denied from point-blank range by Eoin Conghaile, while Kieran Hanley shot high and wide when a goal looked certain. They gradually found their stride as the half wore on, however, and a strong finish to the half with scores from Donal Feeney, Paddy Kennedy and D. Between wides and a host of attempts dropped short, over twenty scoring chances went abegging: a damning statistic at this level. Flaherty reducing the deficit to a manageable 0-7 to 0-4. Their woes in front of goal continued into this qualifier match with six first-half wides and a couple of unconverted goal chances. The manner of Barna's opening round defeat to a Maigh Cuilinn side missing so many front-liners would have really rankled.

Scarcely seven minutes had passed when they had the game's first five points on the board with some flawless shooting from range. The clinical nature of the South Connemara club's finishing was the standout feature of the opening quarter. Ftharta struck three while Ferdia Breathnach hit the pick of the scores as Leitr Mir built a 0-6 to 0-1 lead when aided by a significant wind.

It is the first time the two sides have met in the Championship since the 2016 county semi-final, which Mountbellew-Moylough won 3-15 to 1-4. In last years County Final, Mountbellew-Moylough came within seconds of dethroning Corofin, but Mchel Lundy kicked an equaliser, and Corofin subsequently won the replay. They are top of the table in Division 1, level on points with Corofin and Tuam Stars but they have a better score difference. Monivea-Abbey are on form this year, they top Division 3 having won five out of six games.

Summary

2018 brings about a new format for the competition where there is 4 groups of 5 teams.[4]The 2017 Semi-finalists, Corofin, Mountbellew/Moylough, Annaghdown and Monivea/Abbey will be Seeded and placed in each Group. The third placed team in each group retains Senior Status for 2019. The remaining group places made up from the remaining 16 teams in an open draw. The Bottom two teams in the group enter the Relegation Playoff. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the Knockout stage Quarter Finals.