High drama in In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship ties

Eire Og through to semi-fi­nal by the skin of their teeth

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

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.

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