Saturday, September 12, 2020

By Pat Costello

APART from Group D, the 2020 Pittman Traffic IFC is probably one of the most keenly contested in a number of years. Ballymore Eustace and Kilcock will decide who comes first and who will be second in Group D today but there’s a lot to be decided in each of the other three groups over the next two days.

Action from the Ballymore Eustace V Milltown IFC last Sunday                      Photo: Sean Brilly

Pittman Traffic IFC Group A

Ballyteague, driven by the point scoring of  Jimmy Hyland, are in pole position in Group A and although they will face stubborn opposition from Straffan, who are on two points, the Larks should do enough to remain top of the group. After a battling victory in Round 1 Suncroft, who are also on 2 points, were just pipped at the post last weekend and they have shown enough to clinch second spot by defeating a Kilcullen side that has failed to sparkle this year.

Predicted Final Placings: 1. Ballyteague; 2. Suncroft; 3. Straffan; 4. Kilcullen

Remaining Fixtures Round 3 Sunday 13 September 

Newbridge, Suncroft V Kilcullen 12:00, Referee: David Coady
Manguard Plus Hawkfield, Ballyteague V Straffan 12:00, Referee: Declan Peppard

Current Table

Pos. Team P W L D F A Pts
1 Ballyteague 2 2 0 0 35 19 4
2 Suncroft  2 1 1 0 32 33 2
3 Straffan 2 1 1 0 38 35 2
4 Kilcullen  2 0 2 0 22 40 0

Pittman Traffic IFC Group B

It couldn’t be any tighter in Group B with each team on 2 points and points difference is all that seperates them and even that is tight enough. Allenwood were disappointed to lose to Nurney on Tuesday night after their opening round victory and they’ll not find it easy against Sallins. who just lost out to Two Mile House on Saturday. Allenwood should make it though. Nurney will be buoyed by Tuesday night’s success but so too will Two Mile House after the narrow victory over Sallins. The House will be favourites to make the quarters.

Predicted Final Placings: 1. Allenwood; 2. Two Mile House; 3. Sallins; 4. Nurney

Remaining Fixtures Round 3 Saturday 12 September

Newbridge, Allenwood V Sallins 12:00, Referee: Fintan Barrett
Manguard Plus Hawkfield, Nurney V Two Mile House 12:00, Referee: Henry Barrett

Current Table

Pos. Team P W L D F A Pts
1 Allenwood 2 1 1 0 35 26 2
2 Sallins GAA Club 2 1 1 0 33 26 2
3 Nurney 2 1 1 0 28 34 2
4 Two Mile House 2 1 1 0 24 34 2

Pittman Traffic IFC Group C

The meeting of pre -Championship favourites, Clogherinkoe, and Leixlip should be the tie of the round and although Leixlip will give it their all they are likely to lose out and will likely have to settle for third place as St Kevin’s should carry too much for pointless Rathangan, after a struggle, no doubt.

Predicted Final Placings: 1. Clogherinkoe; 2. St Kevins; 3. Leixlip; 4. Rathangan

Remaining Fixtures Round 3 Saturday 12 September

Newbridge, Clogherinkoe V Leixlip 5.15pm, Referee: Joe Dooley
Manguard Plus Hawkfield, St Kevin’s V Rathangan 5.15pm, Referee: Kieran Harris

Current Table

Pos. Team P W L D F A Pts
1 Clogherinkoe 2 2 0 0 47 26 4
2 St Kevin’s 2 1 1 0 34 38 2
3 Leixlip 2 1 1 0 37 37 2
4 Rathangan 2 0 2 0 29 46 0

Pittman Traffic IFC Group D

This Group is the only one of the four that has already provided us with the two quarter-finalists as both Kilcock and Ballymore Eustace are each on four points. The only matter to be decided when the pair meet in Newbridge this evening is who will be top and who will take second place. Kilcock will be favourites to take top spot and they shouldn’t disappoint. In the other game Ellistown should do enough to overcome Milltown.

Predicted Final Placings: 1. Kilcock; 2.Ballymore Eustace; 3. Ellistown; 4. Milltown

Remaining Fixtures Round 3 Saturday 12 September

Newbridge, Ballymore Eustace V Kilcock 5.15pm, Referee: Conor Daly
Manguard Plus Hawkfield, Milltown V Ellistown 5.15pm, Referee: Matthew Redmond

Current Table

Pos. Team P W L D F A Pts
1 Kilcock 2 2 0 0 38 12 4
2 Ballymore Eustace 2 2 0 0 45 28 4
3 Milltown 2 0 2 0 17 35 0
4 Ellistown 2 0 2 0 23 48 0

Likely Quarter Final Pairings: Ballyteague V Ballymore Eustace; Kilcock V Suncroft; Allenwood V St Kevins; Clogherinkoe V Two Mile House

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