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

James will be delighted to welcome back Paul Conroy, who suffered a double-broken leg last year playing for Galway against Kerry at the Super 8s. TG4 Underdogs star Fintan Cooney, who played for Galway in the FBD League is unavailable as he is travelling but the experienced Johnny Duane and Eoin Concannon will make the city side favourites. St.

The third-placed team in each group retains Senior Status for 2019. The 2019 Galway Senior Football Championship kicks-off this weekend with all 18 clubs in action across five different venues. The bottom two teams in the group enter the Relegation Playoff. This year sees a new format: three groups of six teams with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stage.

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.

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.

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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.

Newly-appointed Milltown manager Diarmuid Blake will be looking to get their SFC campaign off to a good start. Milltown have a nice blend of youth and experience with players like Mark Hehir, James Kavanagh, and the Martin brothers Michael and John, and young players like Eoin Mannion, Jack Kirrane and Liam Costello giving them youthful exuberance. But Milltown will be missing veteran Darren Mullahy through injury.

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.

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.

Scores would soon dry up for Ciarn Ftharta's team however as Barna, now backed by the wind, took control, dominated possession and found their shooting boots to outscore their opponents 2-6 to 0-2 for the remainder of the match. Leitir Mir's finishing was far more economical and when Ciarn Conghaile and Cormac Conghaile weighed in with early second-half points, they looked well set.

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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.

Despite seeing a healthy lead disintegrate in the face a powerful second half from Barna, Leitir Mir trailed by a solitary point entering added time and although working off limited amounts of possession, weren't without their chances of taking the spoils. A below-par conversion rate would prove their undoing however as Barna plundered two late goals from Ray Conneely, in the 51st minute, and Kieran Hanley, deep in added time, to settle the outcome. In truth, this was no five-point game.