The final round of matches in the Connacht FBD league takes place over this weekend. However, nothing but pride, and the chance to try out the squad’s various fringe players, is the only thing at stake for all teams involved.
NUI Galway and reigning FBD and Connacht champions Mayo have already secured the home final tie, to be played on January 29. The winner will be rewarded with a trip to New York, to take on New York on October 7th, which Mayo easily won in 2011.
John Maughan’s side face Sligo IT in Tourlestrane today at 6pm and both teams will utilise this game as a warm-up to the forthcoming Sigerson Cup. The University outfit took the scalps of both Galway and Sligo and are two points clear at the top of their group, and will be quietly confident of progressing to the latter stages of the university competition.
Sligo and Galway face each other in Tuam and Alan Mulholland will be thrilled with Nicky Joyce’s positive return to action in last week’s defeat of London in Ballinasloe.
The Killererin man, who hasn’t played since 2010, scored three points and looked sharp throughout. Mulholland will be looking to blood more players before the National League campaign begins away to Derry in two weeks.
GMIT have had a very disappointing campaign with no wins and only one draw to their name. They suffered a hammering at the hands of Mayo last week, shipping four goals, and will look to their game against Leitrim as a chance to end the campaign on a high.
Roscommon and Mayo make up the final round pairing and the Rossies, like GMIT, have had a poor campaign losing to Leitrim and only managed one point so far. Having already reached the final, Mayo will no doubt use this this game to try out the many talents that lie within their county.
Sligo IT v NUI Galway – Saturday 6pm
Sligo v Galway – Sunday 2pm
GMIT v Leitrim – Sunday 2pm
Roscommon v Mayo – Sunday 2pm