SALTHILL-Knocknacarra manager John O'Mahony surveys the action during his side's clash against champions Mountbellew-Moylough in the last round. Photo: Ray Ryan.

Season defining moments

Galway senior football championship heats up

SEASONS could potentially be defined by the results of this upcoming weekend of Bon Secours Galway Senior Football Championship action.

Some teams are in line to seal qualification for the quarter-finals, whereas for others at the opposite end of the spectrum, they’re just about clinging to survival in the race for the Frank Fox Cup. Or even worse, out of the running entirely with two round-robin fixtures remaining.

Reigning champions Mountbellew-Moylough and their predecessors Maigh Cuilinn produced two statement wins over Salthill-Knocknacarra and Corofin in the headline fixtures of Round 3.

In Round 4, no question that the meeting of Tuam Stars and Maigh Cuilinn is the tie most neutrals will be keeping an eye on. Only two from the aforementioned pair and Corofin would be guaranteed passage through from Group A to the knockouts and there is a distinct possibility that one of these trio of big guns could fall given the lobsided nature of the group.

In saying that, there’s plenty of intrigue in Group B also. Mountbellew-Moylough look odds on to now top the group and Salthill-Knocknacarra will be favourites to join them. Though Barna and Annaghdown will be doing their level best to leapfrog John O’Mahony’s men – who can afford no slip-ups in their city derby clash with St James’.

Group 3 remains wide open, save for winless Monivea-Abbey, who are now forced to turn their attentions to top tier survival. A mere three points separates top team Milltown from fifth place Killannin in the group and there is potential for plenty more twists and turns in this section before the final placings are determined.

Four games have been selected for live streaming this weekend: Caherlistrane versus St Michael’s and Killannin against Claregalway on the Saturday and Sunday’s Pearse Stadium double header involving St James’ v Salthill-Knocknacarra and Tuam Stars v Maigh Cuilinn.

For the verdicts of these games, and a preview of the Galway intermediate football championship fixtures, check out this week’s The Tuam Herald or log onto our digital edition HERE