Quarter-finals of the SFC this week-end
17 August 2007
The quarter-finals of the SFC are down for decision this coming week-end.
Champions, Crossmaglen Rangers going for the magical ’dozen’ – taking on their great rivals, Dromintee at the Silverbridge venue on Sunday evening, 18th of August at 6.30 p.m.
The Rangers will be without the services of a number of key players such as Francie Bellew (injured) and Johnny Murtagh a lively forward who is presently in America. Their opponents, Dromintee had a good win over Mullaghbawn recently in the SFL to go second in the top division. They will have to turn in a huge performance on the night to overcome a Crossmaglen Rangers side who are always well geared for championship action.
The action commences to-morrow (Saturday) evening 18th of August at 6.30 p.m. in the Keady venue with Pearse Og up against last season’s intermediate champions, Ballymacnab. The city side will have county star, Ronan Clarke back in action after a long lay-off through injury, and they should prove too strong for a small rural club who won’t lack effort and commitment.
There is a double-bill at Abbey Park on Sunday, 19th of August starting with Carrickcruppin and Tir na nOg in action at 2 p.m. followed by Killeavy and Maghery at 4 p.m. The Tir na nOg side have county player, Brian Mallon back from injury, and they will be anxious to throw their disheartening league form to the side.
Carrickcruppin, once senior championship specialists will be depending on the likes of Paul Keenan, Peter Loughran and Seamus Kane to get them back on the big stage once again.
With Stevie McDonnell and Louth scoring ace, Mark Stanfield in their attack – Killeavy who have only lost one game this season will fancy their chances of progressing.