St. Brigids (Roscommon) v Fulham Irish preview

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Roscommon and Connacht club champions St Brigids, make a trip into the unknown on Sunday when they travel the long distance to Ruislip, London to take on ex-pats, Fulham Irish, in the AIB All-Ireland club football championship quarter-final.

Nothing should be taken for granted against the Londoners and the sheer physicality involved in St Brigids one-point win over Corofin last wekend, means this is a fixture they could probably do without.

Fulham Irish won the London championship with a 1-8 to 0-7 win over Parnells and they have a number of Ulster players who add a physical edge to a team regarded as being very fit.

The mere mention of a ‘London’ team can be physiologically damaging for any travelling team. It produces images of any easy victory, even a cricket score.

However Fulham have players of immense quality. Goalkeeper Declan Traynor is a fine shot-stopper. Conor McClean and Shane Mulligan are experienced defenders.

Former Cavan player Lorcan Mulvey is the star man in midfield, while former Galway underage footballer Iomar Barrett demands respect up front.

Provincial winners have never found it easy in Ruislip and eventual All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen only emerged victorious by a few points after a tough battle 12 months ago.

Brigids are not flying fit at the moment. Captain and full-back Darragh Donnelly picked up an ankle injury against Corofin and he will be assessed closer to Sunday. Conor McHugh will be back in the reckoning for a starting berth, while Ian Kilbride has made himself available after deferring a holiday to Australia.

Fulham Irish will present a physical, stern examination but they don’t seem to have players matching the quality of Frankie Dolan or Senan Kilbride and St. Brigids experience will tell, come the full-time whistle.

St. Brigid’s

Paraic Collins


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