The Senior Football championship in Roscommon could well be down to just the final four teams for 2017 after the weekend’s action. The two quarter-finals for the blue ribbon competition are scheduled to take place on Saturday in Dr Hyde Park and Kiltoom.
Whereas there will be huge interest in the County when it comes to the All-Ireland senior football final on Sunday there will be loads of club matches to dominate the agenda in the earlier part to of the weekend for all GAA supporters in Roscommon.
Between Hurling and Football there are no fewer than six major matches down for decision.
The action will get underway on Saturday when the two SFC quarter-finals are scheduled for the aforementioned Roscommon Town and Kiltoom venues.
In Dr Hyde Park at 6 p.m. Boyle take on Strokestown. The two teams will have genuine ambitions of advancing to the last four, however going by recent form the men from North Roscommon seem to have momentum and should advance to the next stage of the competition.
No doubt that a number of supporters will hightail it to Kiltoom as soon as the full time whistle sound in Hyde Park, as the St Brigid’s Club will host the meeting of Western Gaels and Clann na nGael at 8p.m.
Western Gaels could be forgiven for thinking that they would be involved the semi-finals but they lost out to St Faithleach’s last weekend and that was enough for Frankie Dolan’s defending County champions to catapult themselves to the semi’s at the expense of the West Roscommon men.
Clann na nGael defeated Elphin last week and the champions from two years ago will be expected to prevail here.
Also on Saturday is the IFC quarterfinal between Tulsk Lord Edwards and St Dominics and this is the curtainraiser to the senior clash at the Hyde. Throw in at 4.15pm.
There is major hurling action also in Roscommon this weekend as Athleague will host the replay of the County senior semi-final between Oran and Padraig Pearses.
The Junior Football “A” games are also scheduled for Saturday Kilglass Gaels meet Roscommon Gaels at Tarmonbarry (6pm), while Western Gaels face neighbours Ballinameen in Kiltoom at 6.15pm.