Fascinating Intermediate race expected

The Roscommon Mulryan Construction Intermediate Football Championship will be ultra-competitive this year. Tulsk will be hoping to put the disappointment of the last few years behind them in 2016 – but they will have a battle on their hands.

  Kilmore slipped down from the senior ranks in 2015 but they are playing some great football in the league so far this year and will be hard to beat in this championship.

  Oran have a fine young team and will have a say and Fuerty (who should have won it last year), Kilbride and St. Dominic’s cannot be ruled out.

  Shannon Gaels will be hoping to consolidate their intermediate status after coming up from the junior ranks last year.

St. Dominic’s v Tulsk on Saturday in Ballyleague at 7 pm: Tulsk have had their hearts broken in this championship in each of the last three years. St Dominic’s are doughty championship battlers who are always there or thereabouts at this grade. The bigger challenges for both sides will not come until much later in the year. Tulsk should be good enough to start with a win here. Prediction: Tulsk.

St. Aidan’s v Éire Óg on Sunday in Ballyforan at 7 pm: St. Aidan’s have really slipped down the ladder and they will be hoping to get their championship season off to a winning start. Éire Óg are a solid outfit but if Aidan’s can get all their best players out they might achieve a narrow win. Prediction: St. Aidan’s.

Clann na nGael v Shannon Gaels on Sunday in Johnstown at 2 pm: Shannon Gaels make the long trip to play their first game at intermediate level in a few years, and while they will surely give a good account of themselves, Clann, with home advantage, are likely to prove too strong. Prediction: Clann na nGael.

St. Michael’s v St. Barry’s on Sunday in Cootehall at 2 pm: Both of these sides could well struggle in this championship so an opening win would be vital. At home Michael’s could be the better bet although Barry’s will certainly be travelling in the hope of a win. Prediction: St. Michael’s.