Moyle Rovers v Thomas McDonaghs preview


Moyle Rovers and Thomas McDonagh’s meet in the Tipperary Senior Football Final on Sunday afternoon. The former will go into this game as hot favourites, having seen off Arravale in their semi final last two weeks ago.

Rovers are one of the top club sides in Munster and have been the dominant force in the Premier county in recent seasons. Winners of five out of six titles from 1995 to 2000, the side were successful again in 2007 and 2009. Their pedigree at this level is there for all to see and they will be full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s encounter with McDonagh’s.

The latter defeated Commercials in their semi final and are well worth their place in this year’s decider. The divisional outfit(made up of smaller club sides), were far too strong for the opposition last time and will put it up to Rovers. However, they will have to find a way of stopping county minor star Philip Quirke if they are to have any chance of claiming the crown. Quirke scored two goals in the semi final and contributed 2-2 to his sides final tally. He is the real danger man for Rovers and McDonagh’s will need to mark him tightly.

On the other side of the field, senior player Philip Austin is the man that could steer the underdogs to glory. Austin hit 1-3 against Commercials and was the major difference between the sides on the day. The divisional side were not expected to win last time, so will not fear the tag of “underdogs” going into battle with Rovers. Made up of nine club sides, McDonagh’s have done exceptionally well this season and their winning run may not have ended just yet.

A tight game looks in store this weekend, and Premier football fans will get to see two of the games brightest stars in action(Quirke and Austin). Moyle Rovers are favourites and it’s not often that the layers get things wrong.

St Brigids have scored 2 goals or more in exactly half of their matches
in the Roscommon SFC this year. They are priced at 13/8 to score over 1.5 goals in this weekend’s match against Tourlestrane.

Following Dr Crokes victory in last weekend’s Kerry SFC Final, UCC will be shorn of the talents of Johnny Buckley and Daithi Casey for this weekend’s match against Monaleen. The Limerick champions have a potent full forward line of Ger Collins, Mike Crowley and Muiris Gavin and are priced at 15/8 to score the first goal in the match.

The last time Ballinacourty played in the Munster Club SFC in 2007 they beat Kilcummin of Kerry in the semi final before only losing by 3 to Nemo Rangers in the final. Inspired by the Hurney brothers they’ll certainly put it up to a Dr Croke’s team that may well still be feeling the effects of last weekend’s Kerry final. Ladbrokes are priced Ballinacourty 11/10 plus 4 points.

Any team with the Brogan brothers and Jason Sherlock is always going to be a goal threat. St Oliver Plunketts ER are potent going forward but questions remain about their defence. There have been 10 goals in their 5 Dublin SFC matches so far this year. We are priced at 4/5 that there will be Over 1.5 goals in this weekend’s final versus St Brigids.

The loss of Jackie Tyyrell will mean that Oulart-The-Ballagh will certainly fancy their chances against a James Stephens team that must be tired after their exertions of the last fortnight. Last year Oulart lost by 3 points to O’Loughlin Gaels and the year before they lost in extra time to Ballyhale Shamrocks. If you fancy a repeat scenario Ladbrokes are priced 8/11 that the match will be a close call ie. the match will either end in a draw or that either team will win by less than 4 points.


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