The final of the Roscommon Senior football championship takes place this coming Sunday with All-Ireland runners-up, St Brigids coming up against Elphin.
There is no doubt that St Brigids are the hot favourites coming into this game and deservedly so.
They raced through the group phase of the championship racking up wins over St Aidans, Western Gaels and Roscommon Gaels. They then put Strokestown to the sword in the quarter-final, winning by 4-10 to 1-10 with Senan Kilbride finishing with a total of 2-4 in that game.
In the semi-final, they repeated their group phase victory over Western Gaels, coming away with a 2-10 to 0-6 victory, with the goals coming from Padraig Kelly and Darren Dolan. This St Brigids side is laden with class, with the likes of Karol Mannion, Senan Kilbride, Peter Domican and Frankie Dolan all being household names at this stage.
Elphin came through a rather tricky group with wins over Naomh Faithleach and St Croans and a draw with Kilmore earning them a quarter-final tie with Roscommon Gaels. In a game that will certainly not be remembered as a classic, they came away with a 0-6 to 0-3 victory with 0-2 apiece from Frankie and Fintan Cregg proving crucial.
In the semi-final, they came up against Kilbride and came away with one point victory on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-10. Once again, the Creggs were to the fore but it was centre-back, Paddy O’Connor who drove his side into the final, with his two converted 45s proving crucial in the end.
There is no doubt that Elphin will not be found wanting in the effort department in this game, but it is very difficult to see how that can beat the holders. St Brigids are 1/6 favourites and to be honest, that is about right. Many of Elphin’s victories have been low-scoring and it is extremely hard to see how they are going to score enough to beat the champions.
Verdict: St Brigids