Junior A championship down to last four

Junior A championship down to last four
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Downings, Letterkenny Gaels, Naomh Padraig, Muff, and Red Hugh’s are the teams battling it out this weekend for a place in Donegal Junior A championship final.

The games are on tomorrow night (Friday) and on Saturday with the meeting of Red Hugh’s and Naomh Padraig an all-Division Four clash. Downings and Letterkenny Gaels play in Division Three.

Red Hugh’s v Naomh Padraig (Muff)

Convoy, Friday, 8 pm

Red Hugh’s and Naomh Padraig, who meet in the first of the semi-finals, know each other very well.

They have met three times this season so far, twice in the league and once in the group stages of the championship.

And with one win each in the league and the championship meeting ending in a draw they are pretty evenly matched.

The championship meeting in Ture, Muff, ended all square, Naomh Padraig 0-12, Red Hughs 1-9.

That was back on July 3rd and of the two, Red Hugh’s have shown the better form in the league.

After a good run of results they have finished up second in the Division Four league table and are looking forward to playing Division Three football next season.

Naomh Padraig’s form has dipped over the same period and they have lost their last three games and are sitting mid table in the division.

Red Hughs are bidding for a place in the final for the second year in-a-row.

Verdict: Red Hugh’s

Downings v Letterkenny Gaels

Dunfanaghy, Saturday, 5.30 pm

Downings are the All-Ireland Comortás Peil Na Gaeltachta Junior champions and they go into the tie as slight favourites.

Just a point separates these sides mid table in the league with Downings a point better off than the Gaels, who have a game in hand.

Downings had only one game in the group stages but that was against Moville, the runaway winners of Division Four. Andy Connors’ men lost that game by a point in controversial circumstances after they thought they had earned a draw.

They subsequently overturned that result with a convincing 4-14 to 1-12 over the North Inishowen side in a play-off after receiving walkovers in the group against Pettigo and Robert Emmett’s.

Letterkenny Gaels are managed by Sean McBrearty and they have made it through to the last four on the back of narrow wins over St Mary’s, Convoy and Urris in the group stages, before completely overwhelming St Mary’s, 3-18 to 1-9 in a play-off.

Verdict: Downings.

PHOTO: Conor McBrearty in action for Letterkenny Gaels