Barna (@1.4) vs Naomh Anna (@3.25)
05-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Barna will win

Barna – Naomh Anna Match Prediction | 05-10-2019 12:00

Scarcely seven minutes had passed when they had the game's first five points on the board with some flawless shooting from range. The clinical nature of the South Connemara club's finishing was the standout feature of the opening quarter. Ftharta struck three while Ferdia Breathnach hit the pick of the scores as Leitr Mir built a 0-6 to 0-1 lead when aided by a significant wind.

James will be delighted to welcome back Paul Conroy, who suffered a double-broken leg last year playing for Galway against Kerry at the Super 8s. TG4 Underdogs star Fintan Cooney, who played for Galway in the FBD League is unavailable as he is travelling but the experienced Johnny Duane and Eoin Concannon will make the city side favourites. St.

The third-placed team in each group retains Senior Status for 2019. The 2019 Galway Senior Football Championship kicks-off this weekend with all 18 clubs in action across five different venues. The bottom two teams in the group enter the Relegation Playoff. This year sees a new format: three groups of six teams with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knockout stage.

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2018 brings about a new format for the competition where there is 4 groups of 5 teams.[4]The 2017 Semi-finalists, Corofin, Mountbellew/Moylough, Annaghdown and Monivea/Abbey will be Seeded and placed in each Group. The third placed team in each group retains Senior Status for 2019. The remaining group places made up from the remaining 16 teams in an open draw. The Bottom two teams in the group enter the Relegation Playoff. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the Knockout stage Quarter Finals.

Salthill-Knocknacarra are bottom in Division 1 of the Senior League after losing five of their six games, while Barna are mid-table in Division 2. This local derby could be tighter than last years affair when Salthill-Knocknacarra won by 2-13 to 0-8. Last year, Salthill-Knocknacarra were defeated by Mountbellew-Moylough in the county semi-final, while Barna defeated Cortoon Shamrocks after a replay in the Relegation Play-off final.

It is the first time the two sides have met in the Championship since the 2016 county semi-final, which Mountbellew-Moylough won 3-15 to 1-4. In last years County Final, Mountbellew-Moylough came within seconds of dethroning Corofin, but Mchel Lundy kicked an equaliser, and Corofin subsequently won the replay. They are top of the table in Division 1, level on points with Corofin and Tuam Stars but they have a better score difference. Monivea-Abbey are on form this year, they top Division 3 having won five out of six games.

Despite seeing a healthy lead disintegrate in the face a powerful second half from Barna, Leitir Mir trailed by a solitary point entering added time and although working off limited amounts of possession, weren't without their chances of taking the spoils. A below-par conversion rate would prove their undoing however as Barna plundered two late goals from Ray Conneely, in the 51st minute, and Kieran Hanley, deep in added time, to settle the outcome. In truth, this was no five-point game.

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S. Conghaile; C. Seoighe for C. Grofa; P. Mac Donnchadha for A. Bairad, C. Cathin, T. Bairad, half-time; P. Subs: P. Fltharta, 51 mins; D. Mac Donnchadha; C. hgin, Colm Conghaile, C. Ftharta (0-3, two frees), A. Ftharta (0-1). Bairad (0-1), E. Ftharta, 54 mins. Naomh Anna, Leitir Mir: E. Flatharta; Cormac Conghaile (0-2), Ferdia Breathnach (0-2, one free), Fiachra Breathnach (captain); Ciarn Conghaile (0-2), P. Ceallaigh for P. M.

But overall, Barna's was a collective effort. There were notable individual performances during Barna's second-half revival: Paddy Naughton was a constant driving force from the half-back line; Paddy Kennedy made telling bursts and hit three superb points from play; Ray Conneely finished the match with 1-3, his match-turning 51st minute goal coming after Barna capitalised on a Leitir Mir defensive error long before his last-gasp goal put the outcome beyond any doubt, while Kieran Hanley's pace, movement and link-up play tormented the Leitir Mir defence. Their defensive set-up gradually got to grips with Leitir Mir's danger men and they dominated midfield for the second match running.