All to play for in In­ter­me­di­ate ties


Bray People - - Sport - Peter KEOGH

IT’S ALL-IRE­LAND week­end and the fix­tures list is that bit lighter than usual but still a lot of im­por­tant matches to be played.


The action starts on Fri­day night with the three re­main­ing matches in the In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship. This is a pro­gramme with a dif­fer­ence; all three matches have to be played at the same time to avoid jug­gling with the score dif­fer­ence.

Carnew play Kil­bride at Balt­in­glass; Aughrim meet Dunlavin at Round­wood while Eire Og and Kil­coole clash at New­town.

Any one of four teams – Aughrim, Dunlavin, Eire og or Kil­bride could come through to meet An­nacurra in the semi-fi­nal

For starters Dunlavin are in pole po­si­tion, they are the only ones with the des­ti­na­tion in their own hands. A win for the Kil­dare bor­der side will put them through, re­gard­less of what hap­pens else where. Even a draw could keep them in the run­ning.

But should Aughrim beat Dunlavin it will throw the whole thing wide open and score dif­fer­ence or even ‘head to head’ may de­cide the fi­nal place.

For ex­am­ple should Aughrim and Kil­bride both win and end up level on score dif­fer­ence Kil­bride would go through be­cause they beat Aughrim in the first match.

Should Dunlavin fail to make it then the team that would look best placed to get through would be Eire Og. The Grey­stones side are fan­cied to beat Kil­coole and could do so on a score that would boost their score dif­fer­ence enough to see them through.

Aughrim’s prob­lem is that it may not be enough for them to just win; they will also need to get plenty of scores on the board to stay ahead of both Eire Og and Kil­bride.

The in­ter­ested spec­ta­tors in all of this are Carnew who are through any­way and Kil­coole who will be in a rel­e­ga­tion play off re­gard­less of the re­sult.

So that’s it – Dunlavin to go through but should Aughrim win Eire Og to pip them on score dif­fer­ence any­way – and Kil­bride will be on my house again for writ­ing them off.


Glenealy and Bray Em­mets meet in the Se­nior Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship at Grey­stones on Sun­day morn­ing. While Bray are an im­prov­ing team the hold­ers Glenealy must be fan­cied to win this one and go through to the semi-fi­nal.


The two semi-fi­nals of the of the MFC will be played at Aughrim on Satur­day. The hold­ers Bless­ing­ton take on Luke O’Tooles at 2.15 p.m. fol­lowed by Bray Em­mets v. St. Pa­trick’s at 3.45 p.m..

The finest Mi­nor tal­ent in the county will be on show. Bless­ing­ton with play­ers like Dean Siney, Alan Kelly, Eddy Boylan, Troy Fran­cis, Paul McLough­lin, Ro­nan Doyle and Seán Byrne will be fan­cied to make the fi­nal.

How­ever, Luke O’Tooles will be no push over. They have a pow­er­ful line-up back­boned by county play­ers like Robert Lam­bert, Oisin Doyle, Brian Walsh, Stephen Dil­lon, and Ian McDon­ald. One player in great form for his club Aughrim at the mo­ment is Eoin O’Lough­lin while Wil­lie Doyle and Ben Jack­man are play­ing great Coolkenno.

If this team trained by Car­low’s Joe Hay­den gels on the day they will take beat­ing.

Bray Em­mets are go­ing for the big dou­ble, hav­ing al­ready bagged the Mi­nor hurl­ing cup. They also have a tough one in St. Pa­trick’s and can take noth­ing for granted.

Paul Cun­ning­ham, Jor­dan Egan, Garoid O’Murchu, Ro­nan Cun­ning­han, Conor Power and Eoin Wo­gan are play­ers well above av­er­age.

St. Pa­trick’s have been com­ing good at the right time. In Niall Earls they have one of the finest young play­ers in the county while in Lorcan Smullen they have an­other top class Mi­nor.

It will be close but we have to fancy PJ Cun­ning­ham’s boys to make it through to the fi­nal.




The an­nual tour­na­ment for the Jack Mur­phy Memo­rial Cup kicks off in Ballymanus on Satur­day.

Matches also in the Carter Cup and the Whit­tle SFL while there is one match in the Sal­ley Cup (SH) be­tween Avon­dale and Ark­low Rock Par­nels, also on Satur­day.

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