Tuesday 22 October 2019

Christy hoping to gallop to All-Ireland double

Experience: Cill Dara, winners of the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Leinster Final. Photo: Golffile | Thos Caffrey
Experience: Cill Dara, winners of the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Leinster Final. Photo: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

Former Derby-winning jockey Christy Roche will be going for his second All-Ireland medal at Westport as Cill Dara face Castlebar in tomorrow's AIG Pierce Purcell Shield semi-finals.

The man who saddled Secreto to victory at Epsom in 1984 holed the winning putt for Cill Dara in the Jimmy Bruen Shield Final at Carton House three years ago and knows how to get over the line.

Castlebar overcame Portumna in the Connacht final at Westport with Colin Dawson and Ray Prendergast the surviving members of the side that won the Jimmy Bruen in 2017.

Local knowledge will help the Mayo men, but the Pierce Purcell has been the preserve of Munster clubs over the past nine years.

Charleville will hope to continue that trend at Westport and repeat their 2006 success, buoyed by their wins over Douglas and Ballykisteen in the Munster finals in Nenagh.

They take on Co Monaghan's Rossmore, who are looking for a second All Ireland title in the space of a week having won the Holmpatrick Cup last weekend.

Rossmore were beaten finalists in 2014 at Carton House, when they went down to Spanish Point. But with six members of that side coming good to beat Donegal in this year's Ulster final, their experience could prove crucial.

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