Naomh Muire will saviour Ulster Intermediate championship football for the first time on Sunday when they face Foreglen, Derry, in the Ulster Intermediate quarter-final.
The game is in Celtic Park, in Derry, with a throw-in time of 2.30 pm. The Lower Rosses club played in Ulster once before. That was back in 2007, in the Ulster Junior championship and had mixed fortunes. After defeating the Fermanagh champions Bellanaleck, in the first round, they fell at the next hurdle going down to Aughamullen of Monaghan in the semi-final.
“It will be a proud day for the club and one we are looking forward to. We are not only now representing the club, we are also representing Donegal,” said Naomh Muire manager Danny O’Donnell.
“We see it as a great honour and it is one we hope to make the most of. It is our first time in the Intermediate championship and we see it as a great opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the province.
“We are confident we are up to that challenge. We are playing well and had a good championship campaign here in Donegal and it is a matter of stepping up now and taking on the Derry champions and making the most of it.
“It is a challenge we are looking forward too and one we feel we are up too. We are coming from a county that were All-Ireland champions last year and we feel the standard of Donegal Intermediate football is as good as any other county in the province.”
Naomh Muire, who suffered a narrow home defeat to senior champions, Glenswilly, in the league last Sunday have a clean bill of health for Sunday’s joust with the Derry men.
Naomh Muire impressed in their Intermediate final win over St Naul’s earlier this month. The ‘Yank’ Boyle brothers scored 1-8 between them in their comfortable six point, 1-13 to 1-7, victory over St Naul’s in O’Donnell Park.
Shaun top scored with 1-3, Hugh posted 0-4 while midfielder and captain, Paul, chipped in with a point.
The brothers along with Harry Harden and Owen Grant will once again carry the main scoring threat for the Donegal champions.
Owen McGarvey and Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle are a strong midfield combination while Aidy O’Gara and Brian Gillespie, at centre half and full-back, backbone a miserly defence.
Foreglen, who won a third Derry Intermediate championship this season, have already played one game in this year’s Ulster Championship.
The defeated the Armagh champions, Madden, in the preliminary round. And they did it in some style, too, away from home on an 0-13 to 1-7 scoreline.
They, too, were comfortable in their Derry final victory over Glen. They won that game 3-9 to 1-11.
Niall McFeely and Kevin O’Connor are their key men up front and have been the source of most of their scores all season in both league and championship. Midfielder Mark McCormack has many admirers in the Oak Leaf County and is seen as one of the best Intermediate midfielders in the county, while John Duffy was their top defender in their preliminary round win over Armagh.