IT’S a busy weekend of football finals in Offaly as the Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Minor titles all down for decision. The action starts tonight (Friday) as Kilcormac/Killoughey and Clara go head to head in the Junior Final in Gracefield.
Fresh, or not so fresh perhaps, from winning their first Offaly Senior Hurling title last weekend, Kilcormac/Killoughey have the chance to complete a remarkable double in the space of just five days.
They have been dominant throughout the championship finishing the group stage on top however worthy of note is the fact that their one defeat came against Clara in round 2.
Since then they have blown everybody else away and they have been particularly impressive in the knock out stages dispatching Edenderry by 4-16 to 1-5 while they overcame Daingean in the semi-final.
Clara came out of the group in second place and they made it to the final by virtue of a one point win over Tullamore in the quarter and a 3-8 to 0-10 win over rivals Tullamore in the last four.
With their senior team in action in the final on Sunday, the Juniors have a great chance to set the tone for what could be a very memorable weekend for Clara.
However if Kilcormac/Killoughey have managed to put their celebrations on hold, or at least keep them in check, after the hurling win, their greater fitness and pace could be the telling factor in the game. Many of their players have represented Offaly over the years at minor level with Daniel Currams on the senior panel this year. Others such as Conor Mahon would surely also be included if they were to chose football ahead of hurling.
Whatever the outcome, they will be back in action on Sunday representing Offaly in the Leinster Junior Football Championship against Meath side Ratoath