Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Championship Group D

Killybegs v Kilcar, Sunday, 4pm

It may be a sign of the times, but Killybegs, Four Masters and Aodh Ruadh have all slipped from the limelight in recent years.

And that is surprising given that they are three towns with a relatively big population.

Of course emigration in the wake of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger is a factor.

But, their relatively smaller neighbours Kilcar continue to prosper and are warmly fancied to come out of Fintra with both points, even in the considerable absence of Paddy McBrearty.

It might not be a stroll for the reigning champions as derby championship ties are a very unique matter and the hosts will be well revved up for the visit of their neighbours.

The return of county stars Hugh McFadden and Eoghan Ban Gallagher has certainly given the Fishermen a fillip in an otherwise fairly young team.

When McFadden plays with freedom, as he did last year, he is a joy to watch.

But Kilcar looks to have far too many aces to be unduly ruffled by Killybegs. The McHugh’s, Stephen McBrearty, Michael Hegarty, Ciaran McGinley, Eoin McHugh, Conor Doherty and Matthew McClean have loads of scoring power in their ranks.

They may have to play more of a running game in the absence of the talismanic Paddy McBrearty and that could be a problem against massed defences.,

And that is exactly how Killybegs will set up at the start to try and curb their fleet-footed neighbours.

If they can be still there by the end of the third quarter then the experience of Daniel Breslin and Christophe Murrin might tell.

But it is unlikely that this will happen against a Kilcar side that are in an ideal position of not being tipped to retain their title.

Loads of motivation as a result!

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