Intermediate semi-finals this weekend

The Roscommon Ladies senior, intermediate and junior club championships, which started out on July 4th, have reached the penultimate stages.

While the senior and junior semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday 19th September, the Castlerea Vehicle Recycling sponsored intermediate championship semi-finals take centrestage this weekend.

Table-toppers Shannon Gaels take on fourth-placed Kilglass Gaels in Kilbride, while second-placed St. Ciaran’s take on third-placed Western Gaels (venue to be decided). Both games have a throw-in time of 6 pm.

Table-toppers Shannon Gaels (junior champions in 2013) have made a huge impact in this year’s championship, winning five from five, scoring a whopping 22-66 while conceding 9-22 during the group stages.

Second-placed St. Ciaran’s, junior champions in 2014, carried their good form into 2015 and won three out of their five games. St. Ciaran’s scored 13-59 while conceding 13-40 in their campaign to date.

Third-placed Western Gaels, intermediate county finalists in 2014, also won three out of their five games, losing out to Shannon Gaels and St. Ciaran’s, scoring 16-43 while conceding 17-56 overall. Fourth-placed Kilglass Gaels, relegated from the senior championship in 2014, won two and lost three of their group games.

They had to play Boyle (who also won two and lost three of their games) in a play-of, a game they won by a single point, 1-7 to 1-6. Kilglass scored 10-66 and conceded 16-48 in their five group games.

Shannon Gaels v Kilglass Gaels at Kilbride (6 pm)

Shannon Gaels have a wealth of talent in their ranks. These teams met in the group stages of the championship in Croghan on Saturday week last. Kilglass put it up to Shannon Gaels for the first half, but the Croghan ladies moved up a gear in the second half and ran out 5-12 to 2-11 winners. While Shannon Gaels will be hot favourites to advance here, the experience of playing senior championship over the last number of years could stand to Kilglass and they certainly will not go down without a fight.

Prediction: Shannon Gaels.

St. Ciaran’s v Western Gaels at Oran (6 pm)

St. Ciaran’s, Junior County, Connacht champions and All-Ireland runners-up in 2014, have brought their form into the 2015 intermediate championship.

Western Gaels however are seasoned campaigners at this level, county finalists in 2012 and 2014 and semi-finalists in 2013 and they will be looking at this as an opportunity to reach another final.

Those two teams met in the group stages of the championship in early July; St. Ciaran’s had two points to spare on that occasion after an epic battle. The experience of playing senior league and intermediate championship over the last number of years will stand to Western Gaels.

St. Ciaran’s however will look to their experience of playing in Connacht Junior Championship and the All-Ireland Junior final last year to help them get over the line. Don’t rule out extra-time here.

* U-13 & U-15 Development commences on Saturday 5th September at Roscommon ladies pitch, Strokestown at 10 am. If you can help please contact Martin Murphy on 083-3484447.