Connacht Club SFC Semi Final 11th November 2012 – Ballaghaderreen (Mayo) v Curry (Sligo), Elverys McHale Park, Castlebar
How have they reached this stage?
Last Sunday Ballaghaderreen claimed county final honours, for the second time in five years, and in the process foiled Ballintubber’s bid for a third successive title with a 1-9 to 0-4 success.
What’s their track record at this level?
Back in 1972 Ballaghaderreen suffered defeat in the Connacht final against Fr Griffin’s by 1-8 to 0-6 while four years ago they were beaten by Sligo’s Eastern Harps at the semi-final stage.
Any inter-county stars of note on the pitch?
Ballaghaderreen’s marquee name is sidelined as Andy Moran continues to recover from cruciate ligament damage sustained with Mayo in August. The Kilcullen brothers, James and David, and Barry Regan have also seen county senior action in recent years while Joe Dillon won an All-Ireland U21 medal with Mayo in 2006.
Which young gun should we keep an eye on?
Keith Rogers, full-back on the county minor side that reached the 2009 All-Ireland final, did a fine job in last Sunday’s final in curbing the influence of Ballintubber’s star attacker Alan Dillon.
Who’s calling the shots on the sideline?
A native of Strokestown in Roscommon, Mark Dowd is in his first year in charge of Ballaghaderreen and is a former Roscommon selector at both minor and senior level.
The odds on a title win?
Ballaghaderreen are valued at 3/1 to land their first provincial senior crown.
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