Barna (@1.4) vs Naomh Anna (@3.25)
06-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Barna will win

Barna – Naomh Anna Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 09:45

Last year, Salthill-Knocknacarra were defeated by Mountbellew-Moylough in the county semi-final, while Barna defeated Cortoon Shamrocks after a replay in the Relegation Play-off final. This local derby could be tighter than last years affair when Salthill-Knocknacarra won by 2-13 to 0-8. Salthill-Knocknacarra are bottom in Division 1 of the Senior League after losing five of their six games, while Barna are mid-table in Division 2.

Newly-appointed Milltown manager Diarmuid Blake will be looking to get their SFC campaign off to a good start. Milltown have a nice blend of youth and experience with players like Mark Hehir, James Kavanagh, and the Martin brothers Michael and John, and young players like Eoin Mannion, Jack Kirrane and Liam Costello giving them youthful exuberance. But Milltown will be missing veteran Darren Mullahy through injury.

Joyce was a player-manager in Killererins 2010 county final win over Corofin. They will be looking to county senior panelist Mikey Boyle to try and cause an upset. Killererin have lost four of their five games in Division 3 and drew the other. Killererins manager Jimmy Murphy returns with a new management team with plenty of experience, particularly with club legend Tommie Joyce, who trains the team.

Relegation Playoffs[edit]

The third-placed team in each group retains Senior Status for 2019. The 2019 Galway Senior Football Championship kicks-off this weekend with all 18 clubs in action across five different venues. The bottom two teams in the group enter the Relegation Playoff. This year sees a new format: three groups of six teams with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stage.

TG4 Underdogs star Fintan Cooney, who played for Galway in the FBD League is unavailable as he is travelling but the experienced Johnny Duane and Eoin Concannon will make the city side favourites. St. James will be delighted to welcome back Paul Conroy, who suffered a double-broken leg last year playing for Galway against Kerry at the Super 8s.

But overall, Barna's was a collective effort. Their defensive set-up gradually got to grips with Leitir Mir's danger men and they dominated midfield for the second match running. There were notable individual performances during Barna's second-half revival: Paddy Naughton was a constant driving force from the half-back line; Paddy Kennedy made telling bursts and hit three superb points from play; Ray Conneely finished the match with 1-3, his match-turning 51st minute goal coming after Barna capitalised on a Leitir Mir defensive error long before his last-gasp goal put the outcome beyond any doubt, while Kieran Hanley's pace, movement and link-up play tormented the Leitir Mir defence.

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Leitir Mir's finishing was far more economical and when Ciarn Conghaile and Cormac Conghaile weighed in with early second-half points, they looked well set. Scores would soon dry up for Ciarn Ftharta's team however as Barna, now backed by the wind, took control, dominated possession and found their shooting boots to outscore their opponents 2-6 to 0-2 for the remainder of the match.

Between wides and a host of attempts dropped short, over twenty scoring chances went abegging: a damning statistic at this level. The manner of Barna's opening round defeat to a Maigh Cuilinn side missing so many front-liners would have really rankled. Flaherty reducing the deficit to a manageable 0-7 to 0-4. They gradually found their stride as the half wore on, however, and a strong finish to the half with scores from Donal Feeney, Paddy Kennedy and D. Their woes in front of goal continued into this qualifier match with six first-half wides and a couple of unconverted goal chances. D. Paddy Kennedy was denied from point-blank range by Eoin Conghaile, while Kieran Hanley shot high and wide when a goal looked certain.

Mountbellew-Moylough have been dealt a blow ahead of the tie with former Galway player Eoin Finnerty ruled out through injury to add to an already lengthy injury list. The Daly brothers Michael (captain) and John, who both started in Galways matches against London and Sligo, will carry the clubs hopes. Joe Bergin and Aaron McHugh are playing for another year, while Cathal Kenny returns from abroad.

Naomh Anna, Leitir Mir: E. Grofa; P. Ftharta (0-1). Fltharta, 51 mins; D. Mac Donnchadha; C. Ceallaigh for P. Cathin, T. Bairad, half-time; P. M. hgin, Colm Conghaile, C. Conghaile; C. Subs: P. Bairad (0-1), E. Ftharta (0-3, two frees), A. Mac Donnchadha for A. S. Ftharta, 54 mins. Flatharta; Cormac Conghaile (0-2), Ferdia Breathnach (0-2, one free), Fiachra Breathnach (captain); Ciarn Conghaile (0-2), P. Bairad, C. Seoighe for C.

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The clinical nature of the South Connemara club's finishing was the standout feature of the opening quarter. Scarcely seven minutes had passed when they had the game's first five points on the board with some flawless shooting from range. Ftharta struck three while Ferdia Breathnach hit the pick of the scores as Leitr Mir built a 0-6 to 0-1 lead when aided by a significant wind.