Gaoth Dobhair (@1.28) vs St Michaels (@4.0)

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Gaoth Dobhair will win

Gaoth Dobhair – St Michaels Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:00

Bundoran have a tricky away tie against Malin next weekend while Kilcar are home to Termon in their last group game. Eoin McHugh hit 2-2, Patrick McBrearty posted 0-6 and Ciaran McGinley scored 0-4 from midfield for Kilcar last Sunday.Ryan McHugh, Michael Hegarty, Mark McHugh and Conor Doherty also played well for Kilcar who welcomed Stephen McBrearty back from long term injury. Bundoran had a good league campaign and finished midtable, but they have a poor record against Kilcar in recent seasons. The weight of expectation is on Paul Murphy, Paul Brennan, Shane McGowan, Alan Russell, Gary Clancy, Michael McEniff and Jamie Brennan if Bundoran are to keep this tie competitive. Bundoran took a giant step towards a place in the quarter-finals with last Sundays one point away win over Termon.But they are very much the underdogs when they face hot championship favourites Kilcar who scored 3-16 against Malin in their first round meeting in Towney.

I accept the Corofin game is only a few weeks ago and they had a mighty long season, but theyve had a few weeks off now and given the experience they enjoyed last season and given they gave Corofin a run for their money they will be chomping at the bit to get back playing and winning more silverware.

They scored 1-11 in total in the last two county finals which isnt good enough. But over the last few years they havent just been able to get across the line. I feel they are going to have to change their style of play and become more attack minded. Naomh Conaill have been one of the top teams for a good few years now.

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But in Adam Neilly and Conor Greene they have the attacking duo to ask questions of the Naomh Conaill. It is a bigger project than that. Naivety in defence rather than frailties was the source of Dungloes problems and it is hard to see Francie Martin coming up with a defensive plan to tighten up at the back in the space of a week. Dungloe chalked up 1-18 yet were still on the end of an eight point defeaty courtesy of Oisin Gallen and Sean MacCumhaills in Ballybofey on Saturday night..

Michaels Team and Scorers were:Oisin Cannon 0-1, Michael McFadden, Eddie Patterson, Shane Langan, Ryan Langan 0-2, Ruairi Friel, Jamie Hunter 0-1. The St. Lorcan McDaid, Stephen Coyle 0-1, Patrick McGinley, Hugh ODonnell 0-1, John McFadden, Eoghan Kelly 0-3, Brian McLaughlin, Daniel Doak 0-1.Subs: Dan Ferry, Kit Regan, Jubal Williamson, Conor Carroll, Conan Brennan, Raymond McLaughlin, Aiden McFadden, Dean McColgan, Dylan McGee.

On the back of last weekends performance, Glenfin boosted by the inclusion of Aaron McGlynn and Stephen Ward, both of whom impressed against Glenswilly,will head to Moyle View Park in confident mood.Milford were a little unlucky to be relegated and came out on the wrong side of a number of results in a very strong Division One. Milford left the disappointment of league relegation behind them with a four point win over struggling Four Masters in Tr Chonaill Park. Glenfin, last years Intermediate champions, came close to pulling off a shock win over Glenswilly last weekend in the first round. It took an injury time equaliser from Michael Murphy to snatch a dramatic draw for the 2016 senior champions to deny the locals a famous win. Cathal McGettigan once again top scored for Milford and along with Luke Barrett, Christopher Barrett, Kane Barrett and Darragh Black, they will carry the main hopes of the Moyle Park faithful on Saturday afternoon against Glenfin.

The game is in Rosses Park which is worth a few points to the locals but after Martin Regans teams clinical defeat of Killybegs, it would register as a huge shock if there was anything other than a Naomh Conaill win. Naomh Conaill dont have an Oisin Gallen (he scored 2-9 against Dungloe) though Eoghan McGettigan has the potential if given room.

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Caoimhin Marley, Mark McAteer and Ryan Diver have made the step up from underage in the last year and are now holding permanent berths.It has been a disappointing season for Four Masters. With Glenfin away after the Glenswilly game, they are already facing a championship relegation battle. They have already been relegated to Division Three and last weekend suffered afour point defeat to Milford. Glenswilly, the favourites to win the group, got out of jail last weekend courtesy once again of Michael Murphy.But with two home games to come against Four Masters and Milford, they are still favourites to take the number one spot. The 2016 champions have a lot of familiar faces in their line-up, although they are in something of a transition.

It is one of three games in the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Senior Championship fixed for Saturday. Champions Gaoth Dobhair are once again involved in the big tie of the weekend when they face St Michaels in Dunfanaghy on Saturday afternoon.This Group A game which was originally fixed for Saturday evening, now has a throw-in time of 3.30pm to avoid a clash with the All-Ireland final replay meeting of Dublin and Kerry which throws-in at 6pm. There are five Senior Championship games on Sunday at staggered times with championship favourites Kilcar away to Bundoran. The others are Dungloe against Naomh Conaill in Group B and Milford and Glenfin in Group C.The Moyle View Park clash of Milford and Glenfin has also been brought forward to avoid a clash with the All-Ireland replay and it is now timed to throw-in at 3.30pm However, Dungloe and Naomh Conaill could not agree on an alternative time and it now goes ahead at the appointed 6.30pm. In the other games, Killybegs arer at home to Sean MacCumhaills in Fintra, Termon are away to Malin, St Eunans host Ardara and Glenswilly entertain Four Masters in Pairc Naomh Columba.

Gaoth Dobhair's trip to St Michaels the big game

With championship hotshots Kilcar the opposition away in the third round it is now a case of picking up the win to avoid being dragged into a relegation play-off. But Alan Russells late dramatic winning point for Bundoran means Paddy McDaid and Termon will have to readjust and first and foremost the target now is to take the two precious points from their clash with Malin. Termon expect to have top scorer Daire McDaid back from injury for the Connolly Park clash.Malin are a much changed side this season, especially in defence. Christopher McLaughlin, Dan McDaid, Paul McLaughlin and Stephen McLaughlin are the big name players in the Malin line-up. Termon went into last weekends first round tie with Bundoran with a place in the last eight of the championship a real possibility.

Their championship aspirations could be all over by Saturday evening. For the second week in a row Gaoth Dobhai,r the defending champions are involved in the match of the round. But now after last Saturday nights 14 point win away to Ardara, the men from the Bridge appear to hold all the cards going into their last two games at home to Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday afternoon and St Eunans the following weekend.Martin McElhinney suffered a serious facial injury against Ardara which necessitated an overnight in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, and is out for the rest of the season.One suspects there should be a lot of straight talking in Gaoth Dobhair this week. Verdict: Draw. And after last weekends draw against St Eunans in Magheragallon, this is a huge game for Gaoth Dobhair - one they cannot afford to lose.They face a St Michaels team who began last weekend as the third ranked team in the group behind Gaoth Dobhair and St Eunans.