The second of the Leinster club football semi-finals takes place on Sunday in Cusack Park, Mullingar. This promises to be an exciting game between the Westmeath champions, Garrycastle and the Dublin champions Ballyboden St Enda’s.
Throw in time
There is no television coverage of the game but we will be providing updates on Sunday afternoon. The game itself throws in at 1.30pm in Cusack Park, Mullingar. Garrycastle are 8 time Westmeath champions, having previously won in 2014. In addition, they have 1 Leinster title that coming in 2011. Ballyboden have a really strong history. They have 4 county titles. They won the club All-Ireland title in 2016 beating Castlebar Mitchells 2-14 to 0-07.
This promises to be an exciting Leinster Club Football Final. Ballyboden beat Thomas Davis in their county final meeting 0-15 to 0-09. Similarly, they proved far to strong for Newtown Blues of Louth in the quarter-final meeting winning 1-11 to 0-05. Garrycastle beat St Lomas in the county final, before they beat Meath champions Ratoath 3-11 to 2-12 and Longford champions Killoe 0-15 to 0-06 to reach the last four.
Furthermore both sides have excellent players. Looking at Garrycastle. Dessie Dolan is still well able to get a score, while Doran Harte and Mark McCallon man the defence. Ballyboden have players like Michael Dara McAuley, Colm Basquel and Ryan Basquel in their ranks. These players will certainly have an impact in the game.
Teams have yet to be announced but here is the predicted sides.
Garrycastle: S Brennan; M Guiheen, J Donohue, M McCallon; D Harte, J Gaffey, G McCallon; J Barrett, J Dolan; A Monaghan (0-02), E Monaghan, M Monaghan (1-02); J Sheerin (0-02), A Gardiner (1-01), D Dolan (0-03, 0-03f)
Ballyboden:Darragh Gogan; Bob Dwan, Shane Clayton, Cathal Flaherty (0-01); Brian Bobbett, Robbie McDaid, Kieran Kennedy; Michael Dara McAuley , Declan Mahoney; Darren O’Reilly, Colm Basquel (1-04,2f) Alan Flood; Ross McGarry (0-01), Ryan Basquel (0-03,2f), Warren Egan.
Ballyboden St-Endas are the favourites at 1/5, in comparison the Westmeath champions, Garrycastle are outsiders at 9/2. Therefore, if I was looking for a bet in this game, it would have to Ballyboden because of the odds on offer. I certainly would back Ballyboden -4 at odds of 10/11 here.