First string Aughavas favourites but it won’t be easy

Mohill players celebrate their victory in last year's Junior A Championship.
Aughavas may be the natural favourites for the Junior A title but it will be far from easy in a competition that has favoured the clubs doing well at Senior level.

Aughavas may be the natural favourites for the Junior A title but it will be far from easy in a competition that has favoured the clubs doing well at Senior level.

In the last two years, the teams winning the Junior A title has seen their first string team contest the Senior or Intermediate Final as the benefit of an entire club focussed on success trickles down to the second team.

As the only first string team in the grade, Aughavas start as favourites but they have lost a lot of quality footballers in recent years to emigration and they were still relying on the old guard last year.

In Group One, it is hard to call who will emerge - Sean O’Heslin’s may have enough to see off Kiltubrid while Allen Gaels against Melvin Gaels could go either way, depending on who is most focussed.

You’d have to favour Aughavas against Annaduff but there is potential for an upset while Carrigallen may have enough to see off Gortletteragh.

Drumkeerin against Dromahair is a derby that could go either way but Dromahair seem to the resources while St. Mary’s should prove too strong for Bornacoola in the last game.

Having said all that, all predictions could be turned on their head depending on who is available and who has seen action with their first team.