Toughest game of weekend to call
Daryl Keenan and Declan Cassidy will be key players for their respective teams on Sunday.
This is perhaps the toughest of the quarter finals to call, with both sides very evenly matched. Both teams have produced some fine performances in the past month or so, and this game is likely to be a very close encounter, with a point or two either way likely to decide who progresses here.
Derrygonnelly come into this one having knocked out a much fancied Roslea side in the first round, and the confidence the Harps would have gained from that last gasp victory will surely stand them in good stead for this contest.
They will have to pick themselves up from that win though, and will need to produce a similar performance here if they are to beat a well organised Tempo side. They have plenty of players with bags of experience however, and if they perform on the day, they will perhaps be slight favourites to make the semi finals.
The one concern is the loss of Kevin Cassidy through suspension, and they will need to fill the massive gap he will inevitably leave. He is a player they look to for inspiration in tight games, but they still have the likes of Paul Ward and Ryan Jones in their ranks who can hurt any team with their pace and strength.
Tempo, on the other hand, go into this having seen off Belcoo in the last round. They have gone from strength to strength this season and sit in mid division in the league at this stage. They know they have it all to do to beat a strong Derrygonnelly side, but they too have the players that can cause any team problems on any given day.
Derrygonnelly will have to try and contain the threat of Daryl and Ryan Keenan, and Thomas Campbell is also a player in a rich vein of form. Tempo have a sturdy defence who will be hard to break down, and they themselves will need to curtail the threat of Paul Ward and co if they are to get through to the next round.
It's a game that really is impossible to call with both teams evenly matched in every department. One thing that is certain though, is that the winners of this will be a force to be reckoned with in the semi finals.
Derrygonnelly manager Brendan Rasdale is expecting a very tough match, which he feels could come down to the final kick of the game. He said, "The two teams are very evenly matched man for man, and there are sure to be plenty of scores from both teams, with both sides strong going forward. It could really come down to the final score of the game, and we will have to repeat the performance from the last round against Roslea if we want to progress."
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 16 Aug 12