Ed Forde Previews The Clash Of AGB & Baltinglass In This Weekends Wicklow Senior Football Championship Semi Final

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AGB V BALTINGLASS

Just as I thought this year couldn’t get any madder the legendary Bill Hill 😅 asked me to do a little preview of this years senior football semi final from an AGB perspective.

After narrowly missing out on lifting Miley last year and having to replace Damo Redmond after 5+ years getting the team to their 1st county final since 1963 things were going to be different. In came new manager Anthony Masterson and back came the squad of players with new hope of going all the way this year.

They started the championship with a match against Bray Emmets who had defeated Rathnew impressively. This wasn’t going to be an easy game but AGB flew out of the blocks and 2 quick goals set them up for a good 1st round victory.

Next up were Rathnew who a lot of people had written off, something you can never do against a team from the village.
On what wasn’t a very pleasant day there was nothing between the teams at half time. With Rathnew playing with a strong wind in the 2nd half it was going to be difficult. But the hard work on the training pitch showed with AGB playing a fast running game against the wind. And when needed they brought on 2 father figures of the squad Ciarán Hyland and Philip Healy to shore things up. Some nicely taken scores set the lads on the road to the semi final, but not without the help of our young goalkeeper Ben Fennell who has been exceptional this year.

Up next for the sea-siders is a tie against a club that are no strangers to winning championships Baltinglass. Balto have a mix of youth and experience similar to AGB. It will be survival of the fittest and AGB are looking sharp when it comes to fitness. This will be a hard game to call but this AGB team are full of confidence and fear no one. Both defences will have to be on their toes with some classy forwards on display and some quick attacking defenders. I don’t want to jinks it but am hoping for an AGB win by a few points. Fingers crossed 🤞.

Just to finish up thanks Bill for asking me to do this, never done anything like this before so hopefully it is ok 😬.
Best of luck Sunday lads leave it all out there
Up AGB 💙💚

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