High drama in Intermediate football championship ties
Eire Og through to semi-final by the skin of their teeth
EIRE OG picked up the last spot in the semi-finals of the Intermediate football championship by the skin of their teeth in a weekend of drama in the final round of group matches.
Going into Saturday there were two or three other teams challenging the Greystones men for the last semi-final place and they included Aughrim and Dunlavin who met at Roundwood on Friday.
A win would have taken Dunlavin into the last four but Aughrim need to win by a margin of four points to oust Eire Og on score difference.
As things transpired Aughrim beat Dunlavin by three points after spurning two goal chances early in the first-half and the result was that both lost out to the Greystones side in the final tally. Those results cleared the way for Mick Hagan to proceed with the two semi-finals this weekend and the clash of Eire Og v. Annacurra and Carnew v. Ballymanus promises a great feast of football at Aughrim on Sunday.
On occasion in the past the closing stages of the Intermediate football championship has overshadowed the Senior in terms of excite- ment and the
quality of the football and this weekend could just be one of those rare times.
Two of the three South teams in the semis, Annacurra and Carnew are most likely to start favourites to reach the decider but Eire Og and Ballymanus have their admirers too and surprises can not be ruled out in either match.
Paul Cunningham of Bray Emmets comes under pressure from Wayne Doyle of St. Patrick’s during the Minor football championship semi-final.