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The Roscommon Football Championship reaches its climax this Sunday. Holders Padraig Pearses return to defend their title. On the other hand, St. Brigid’s aim to win for the first time since 2017.
Padraig Pearses return to the final after a tough semi-final challenge against Clann na nGael. As the game rolled into injury time, Pearses were trailing by a score. Nonetheless, the champions prevailed. It took a last gasp score from Lorcan Daly to complete a late surge. It finished 1-11 to 1-10.
On the other hand, St. Brigid’s were convincing winners against Boyle. Two goals at opposite ends of the game proved to be the difference. Firstly, Ruadhri Fallon opened the St. Brigid’s account on six minutes with a goal. Then, Ben O’Carroll found the net twenty-three minutes into the second half to give his side some breathing room. The full-time score was 2-15 to 2-09.
St. Brigid’s are no strangers to the final. In fact, they have appeared in eight of the last ten in Roscommon. Famously, they went all the way to All-Ireland glory in 2013. Their last appearance came in 2018. However, it ended in a loss.
Last year, Padraig Pearses lifted their first-ever Roscommon Senior Football Championship. This is a result they hope to replicate this weekend. However, the 2016 final featured the same two sides. On that occasion, St. Brigid’s won by seven points.
Pearses are also in the hurling final and as many an irish farming writer has said “there won’t be a cow milked for a week if they win”. All of Moore, Creagh and Taughmaconnell would be celebrating for weeks if Pearses could do the senior hurling and football double. They are also in the minor football final.
Strangely St. Brigid’s are favourites to regain the county final but Padraig Pearses will make them work for it and with the class of the Daly brothers and Hubert Darcy we predict a five point win for reigning champions.
Roscommon SFC Final: Padraig Pearses vs St. Brigid’s, Sunday 20th September 3pm.
— St.Brigid's Gaa Club (@StBrigidsRos) September 10, 2020