Crossmaglen Rangers and St Brigids meet in the All Ireland Senior Football Club Championship semi-final at Cusack Park in Mullingar, at 2.00pm on Saturday afternoon.
Crossmaglen are the kingpins of club football in this country and are the outstanding side in the history of the competition. Once again this season they have been taking all before them, but it is their goal scoring record that has really made people sit up and take notice.
Having scored eleven goals in their last four games, the Armagh side are very dangerous in front of the posts, and the attacking threat of their inside forward line will have to be watched very closely by this afternoons opponents. For their part, St Brigids have only conceded a single goal in their last eight matches, and that was from an unfortunate deflection. All of which makes this semi-final such an interesting tie, as the force of the Crossmaglen attack meets the immovable object that is the St Brigids defence.
When the teams met in 2011, the Armagh men struggled to break down their opponents before eventually running out winners on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-11. If they are to do likewise on Saturday afternoon, they may need to continue their impressive goal scoring exploits and hit the Connacht side for a few three pointers.
Shane Curran has been passed fit to play for St Brigids and the veteran keeper will be a big addition to the side. Crossmaglen have a full compliment to call on for this all important tie.
Players To Watch
Oisin McConville remains a key player for Crossmaglen despite being a member of the team for the past two decades. The former Armagh star is a very potent force in attack and will take plenty of marking on Saturday.
Jamie Clarke is another to note, and the county player will once again be asked to perform heroics for his side. On the St Brigids team, Karol Mannion, and former Roscommon star Frankie Dolan are two names that are sure to figure prominently.
Crossmaglen are understandably hot favourites for this game but there is little value in backing them at 2/5. If St Brigids can stop the Armagh team from scoring goals an upset may be on the cards. At 11/4 with Boylesports.com the Connacht side may be worth a little interest, perhaps with a small saver on Cross to win by between 1 and 4 points.