Down Ladies Football Championship Q/F's

Down Ladies Football Championship Q/F’s

The Down Ladies football Championship Q/Fs take place this Saturday evening with a few interesting tussles up for decision. In the senior competition, Bryansford v Saval will be a hotly contested game which is likely to go to the wire. Bryansford overcame Carryduff in the preliminary round and despite dominating the game for long periods they very nearly came up short. A similar performance against a skilful Saval outfit will be quickly exposed and punished.
Saval are probably the slight favourites but it could go either way. Downpatrick v Castlewellan has the makings of another great game. The hoops are always dangerous and with home advantage they have the ability to upset the apple cart. Castlewellan despite their obvious talent have not managed to sustain any sort of consistency. The Town girls should win but a lot will depend on whether they can focus for the full sixty minutes. Rostrevor welcome the current county champions Bredagh to Petit Pairc and it is hard to see anything other than a win for the belles. Clonduff and Kilcoo meet on Tuesday evening and the Hilltown girls should have enough experience to move through to the semi’s. They have recovered from their disastrous early league form and will be eyeing up a final appearance in 2010.
In the Intermediate Championship, Mayobridge v Bright will again be close.
Beaten finalists Bright would dearly love to right last years disappointment but they will find this a tricky hurdle to overcome. The sky-blues on form are hard to beat and Bright will need 100% concentration if they are to march on into the Semi’s. Annaclone v Bredagh 2nds should be a formality for Annaclone. They have being consistent this year without being spectacular but a Semi spot is within touching distance and i don’t see any shock on the horizon. Shamrocks v Burren based on league form should see the Newry girls pass through to the next round without any resistance as they tend to rack up 30+ points per match with at least 5 or 6 of those scores being of the 3-point variety. However this is championship and Burren have a good pedigree when it comes to the knockout competitions. If they can keep the goals out then they will be in with a good shout.
In the Junior Championship, Tullylish take on Saul and the league leaders should find this a competitive game but its not one they are likely to lose.
Loughinisland v Bryansford should see the blues advance. Bryansford may be under strength with their senior side also in action. Loughinisland have plenty of firepower and a semi spot beckons. St. Michaels take on St. Johns and the Magheralin side has so far had a great season with some impressive league results, i fancy them to account for the Johnnies with a bit to spare. Aughlisnafin welcome Drumgath and they will be favourites to make it through but they will be made to work hard for any victory.Note – All of the above games are to be played to a finish with extra time to be played where necessary.
** Next County Board meeting Monday 16th August @8pm Theirafurth Inn Kilcoo. Championship semi-final draws will be made on the night. Championship

Semis have been fixed for Sat 21st August.

Saturday 14th Aug @ 7:00pm
Senior Championship:
Bryansford v Saval (E O’Hare)
Downpatrick v Castlewellan (G Tumelty)
Rostrevor v Bredagh (M Devlin)

Intermediate Championship:
Mayobridge v Bright (P Brannigan)
Shamrocks v Burren (B Rice)
Annaclone v Bredagh (D Kearns)

Junior Championship:
Tullylish v Saul (B Andrews)
Loughinisland v Bryansford (C Reynolds)
St Michaels v St Johns (R Barry)
Aughlisnafin v Drumgath (G Brannigan)

Tuesday 17th Aug @ 7:30pm, Senior Championship:
Kilcoo v Clonduff (G Corrigan),

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