Intermediate Championship starts this weekend

 

 

Mulryan Construction Roscommon IFC Round One (All games on Saturday)

Group A

Creggs v Kilbride in Creggs at 5.30 pm

This looks an interesting clash with the home side anxious to start with a win. They look to have a sharp attacking unit and led by Noel Gately that could be decisive.

  Kilbride are without Conor Devaney and his loss and the loss of Cathal Shanagher is a big blow for them. Kilbride have a number of impressive young players but they could struggle at this level. There won’t be much in it.

Prediction: Creggs

 

Tulsk v Kilglass Gaels in Tulsk at 7.15 pm

The last thing Tulsk want is for the likes of me to be tipping them to win the Intermediate Football Championship after all that has happened in recent years when they have let the title slip from their grasp a number of times.

  Tadgh O’Rourke, Jack Conlon and Callum Fahey will be prominent in attack and Tulsk look a strong outfit overall. Kilglass won the Junior title in dramatic fashion last year and while they will give it everything, it will be a big step up in class for them here.

Prediction: Tulsk

Group B

St. Barry’s v Castlerea St. Kevin’s in Oran at 5.30 pm

The loss of club stalwarts David Keenan and Finbarr McGowan will be felt by the Shannonsiders.

  Castlerea are trying to bounce back immediately after being relegated last year and under David Casey they have a very young team.

  However, they have made the final of Division Four in the league with some excellent performances in recent weeks and a lot of those young players can expect to see duty here against St. Barry’s on Saturday. Castlerea may not have the players to win the title but they have enough to come out on top here.

Prediction: Castlerea St. Kevin’s

 

Shannon Gaels v Éire Óg in Boyle at 5.30 pm

This looks an evenly matched game. Neither side has been particularly impressive with Shannon Gaels plying their trade in the Tansey Cup this season.

  Éire Óg have retained their Intermediate status comfortably in recent years but have found the route to the top table hard to negotiate. They should start their campaign with a win here though.

Prediction: Éire Óg

 

Group C

Oran v Kilmore in Oran at 7 pm

This is the ‘game of the weekend’ in the Intermediate Football Championship. Oran will be many people’s choice to go on and take the title.

  Meanhile, Kilmore are the ultimate championship battlers and you never have them beaten until the final whistle has sounded for at least ten minutes! 

  The outcome here may depend on just what strength of a team that Oran are able to field. At full-strength they are an excellent side full of top-class young players. But Kilmore are just so resilient with the likes of Derek Connellan Jack Sharkey, the Caslins, John Donohue all still involved to name just a few. A shaky vote to the home side.

Prediction: Oran, narrowly.

 

St. Dominic’s v St. Aidan’s in Knockcroghery at 7 pm

Dominic’s looked to be slipping back badly last year but they came with a late surge and played some great football in the latter rounds. Dominic’s always have a big say in the destination of the Intermediate Championship, and at home they will be hoping to get off to a good start.

  St. Aidan’s have been making steady if unspectacular progress and they are making big strides at underage level. This is a game that they will be hoping to win but the home side might just have too much.

Prediction: St. Dominic’s