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The Experts Reckon Kildress By A Whisker …… (Perhaps After A Replay?)
With the Power NI Intermediate Final down for decision on Sunday we thought we would take a poll from all the other teams in Division Two regarding the possible outcome. The task was simple, who would win and why. We asked a prominent figure from each of the fourteen other clubs to cast their vote and explain in one sentence why they thought their choice would prevail.
Pascal Mc Connell (Newtownstewart) Galbally. They are coming good at the right time and the news that Micky Murphy is available will be a huge boost for them and that will have a major bearing on the game. 1-0 Galbally
Aodhan Harkin (Strabane) Galbally. They destroyed Strabane in the championship so I would like to think we were beaten by the eventual winners. 2-0 Galbally
Enda Ward (Loughmacrory) Kildress. They were very good against us in the first half and I would like to see them go on and win it now. 2-1 Galbally.
Coly Mc Caughey (Augher). Galbally. It really is very hard to call but I think Galbally have a slight edge in scoring threat with their pace up front so I fancy them by a point. 3-1 Galbally
Martin Penrose (Aghyaran) Draw. There is so little between these two teams and both have got better as the year went on, it is too close to call so I will go for a draw. 3-1 still and one draw.
Paddy Ball (Clan Na Gael)Kildress. Micky Murphy will be a big boost to Galbally because he wins so much possession all over the pitch for them but Kildress are a very hard working side who play very much as a team. 3-2 Galbally.
Ciaran Gourley (Rock) Kildress. Kildress have been a bit more consistent in their form and will be keen to show that senior football is where they belong and that wee bit of extra desire could well make the difference. 3-3
Declan Mc Callan (Pomeroy) Draw. There is nothing between these two teams and with it being a real derby like battle I will go for the draw. 3-3 and two going for a draw.
Roger Keenan (Gortin). Draw. If Micky Murphy plays well I would probably tip Galbally because at this level one good player like him makes an awful difference but it is so evenly balanced I have to go for a draw. Still 3-3 and now three going for a draw.
Brian Mc Guckin (Edendork). Kildress. They have the experience of last year to call upon and have more all round talent within their team and the few times I have seen them this year they have the look of a real championship team about them. 4-3 in favour of Kildress with three going for a draw.
Gareth Devlin (Stewartstown) Galbally. They are a faster more free flowing side who have run up some big scores this season so I will go with them to win by three or four points. 4-4 and three going for a draw.
Johnny Lafferty (Urney) Kildress. They beat us well in the championship and in terms of experience and know how they look to have more quality in key areas than Galbally.5-4 in favour of Kildress
Enda Mc Gahan (Killyman). Kildress. They are more of a team than Galbally and have more about them particularly in the forward line. 6-4 in favour of Kildress.
Peter Hughes (Eskra). Galbally. Having played both teams I think Galbally look to be the better all round team with more options up front.
Final Score Kildress 6. Galbally 5 with 3 going for a draw.
So even the experts are finding it very difficult to separate these two sides and with three going for a draw and others tipping it to be very close, you can understand why. One thing we can be sure of is that you will get all the team news, scorers, result, the presentation and post match reaction here on www.teamtalkmag.com on Sunday evening as it happens.