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

D. Paddy Kennedy was denied from point-blank range by Eoin Conghaile, while Kieran Hanley shot high and wide when a goal looked certain. They gradually found their stride as the half wore on, however, and a strong finish to the half with scores from Donal Feeney, Paddy Kennedy and D. Between wides and a host of attempts dropped short, over twenty scoring chances went abegging: a damning statistic at this level. Flaherty reducing the deficit to a manageable 0-7 to 0-4. Their woes in front of goal continued into this qualifier match with six first-half wides and a couple of unconverted goal chances. The manner of Barna's opening round defeat to a Maigh Cuilinn side missing so many front-liners would have really rankled.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Michaels are mid-table in Division 1, as they take on newcomers An Spidal, who won the Intermediate Championship last year. 2015 runners-up St. Its their first meeting at senior level and St. Michaels will be relying on their county star Eamonn Brannigan, and experienced men like Eddie Hoare, who is also running for election to Galway City Council at the weekend.

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.

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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.

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.