Lucozade Sport JFCH PREVIEW
September 7, 2010
The semi-final pairings for the Junior championship turned out to be all divisional pairings with the two Division Three sides Belleek and Tullysarran meeting while Tourth Division sides Grange play Corrinshego. If you use the league meetings or current positions as a form guide Grange and Tullysarran are warm favourites to make it through to the final.
Grange have score a total of 2-34 to 1-5 for Corrinshego in their two league meetings this year and are poised for a return to Division Three football. But Corrinshego have shown better application in the championship to date, recording wins over Eire Og and Clady to rightfully take their semi-final berth.High scoring Grange have hit a staggering 8-43 in their wins over Phelim Brady’s, Crossmaglen Seconds and Mullabrack. Complacency could be the main worry for Grange ahead of this championship clash.
While the Corrinshego challenge in the first of the double header semi-finals at Ballymacnab on Saturday 4pm will be a lot better than that in their league meetings Grange have too much in hand on them to allow the upset to occur.
The second of the double headers at 5-30pm is between two sides who could be heading for different divisions next year. Belleek have reserved their best football for the championship with wins over St Patrick’s Seconds and Clonmore under their belts. In the league they are in danger of dropping down to Division Four but ironically the spark that halted their poor run and return to form was a 0-12 to 1-7 home win over Saturday’s opponents who had walloped them 1-11 to 0-3 earlier on in the league. With the priority of promotion already in the bag for Tullysarran they can enjoy the remainder of the championship which should include a final appearance as all round they appear too strong for Belleek. The underdogs though, with nothing to lose, have shown over the years that they carry a sting in their tail and will not be easily beaten