Bundoran and Fanad Gaels the early favourites for Cathal McLaughlin Intermediate cup

Bundoran and Fanad Gaels the early favourites   for Cathal McLaughlin Intermediate cup
The Intermediate Football Championship is also on the menu this weekend with the first games in the group stages. There are three groups with four teams each team having at least three games.

The Intermediate Football Championship is also on the menu this weekend with the first games in the group stages. There are three groups with four teams each team having at least three games.

The groups are as follows: Group 1 - St Naul’s, Naomh Colmcille, Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana; Group 2: Milford, Bundoran, Naomh Brid and Burt; Group 3: Urris, Fanad Gaels, Naomh Columba and Carndonagh.

GROUP 1

St Naul’s v Naomh Colmcille

In the first of three Division Two versus Division Three games neither St Naul’s or Naomh Colmcille are making any great waves so far in 2015.

St Naul’s are propping up the Division Two table with one win and one draw from six outings while Naomh Colmcille are third from the bottom of the Division Three table.

St Naul’s problem seems to be in the scoring department as they have one of the best defensive records in Division Two.

This is certainly not good news for Ryan McErlean and company in the Naomh Colmcille attack.

Stephen Griffin will once again carry the main scoring threat for St Naul’s and a good day at the office from the county man should be enough to have the green and whites smiling on Saturday night.

Verdict: St Naul’s

Milford v Bundoran

Milford and Bundoran are showing good form ahead of this clash. Milford top the Division Three table with five wins and a draw from their opening seven games. Bundoran have won five of their seven games in a highly competitive Division Two. They are second position in the table just behind early pacesetters Termon.

Cathal McGettigan has been in great form for Milford and has been clocking up big scores and his clash with wily Bundoran full-back James Keeney will have a big bearing on the outcome.

Other Milford men that will require keeping a close eye on are Christoper and Kane Barrett and Pauric Curley. The key men up front for Bundoran are Tommy Hourihane and Christy Keaney.

Verdict: Bundoran

Urris v Fanad Gaels

Fanad Gaels are another side showing good early season form and currently sit just behind Bundoran, in third place in the Division Two League table.

Their good start to the season has been very encouring in that it is a relativley new look Fanad side. New manager Michael O’Connor has given youth a fling wiith Conor and Ryan McGonagle, Brian McVeigh and Niall Carr all breaking into the team.

And the new kids on the block have blended in well with the old guard of Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel, Mark Friel, Michael Sweeney and Seamie ‘Nanny’ and Seamie ‘Coshia’ Friel.

Urris, last year’s Junior champions, are going through something of a change of the guard too with a number of last season’s minors making the step up. Urris are currently mid table in Division Three with three wins fron six games.

Verdict: Fanad Gaels

Aodh Ruadh v Buncrana

With five wins from their seven games in the league, Aodh Ruadh are, for the first time in a number of seasons, showing signs they may be finally about to mount a serious challenge to get out of Division Three.

The team is strong down the middle from Peter Boyle in goals, through Conor Patton at fullback to Colm Kelly, at centre half-back; Eamon McGrath and Damien Cleary in midfield, Diarmaid McInerney at centre-half forward and David McGurrin at corner forward.

Buncrana, on the other hand, are struggling to find their form and for a team that has players of the calibre of Coalan McGonagle, John Campell, Odhran and Oisin Dohetry and Bruce Waldron, three wins from six games is a poor return.

Due to injury and county U-21 commitments Darach O’Connor has not featured so far this season for Buncrana.

Verdict: Aodh Ruadh

Naomh Columba v Carndonagh

Naomh Columba’s bright start to the season suffered a setback when they were caught with a late Cloughanneely goal and point to suffer only their second defeat in the league.

This setback apart, manager Brendan Doherty will be happy enough with the form his charges have shown thus far in the season. Michael Maguire is playing as well as ever at centre half-back while Declan McGuire is enjoying his move to full-forward.

The good work being done at Colaiste Na Carraige is also bearing fruit with Philip McNern, Christopher Byrne, Jamie J McGinley and Pauric Cunningham all making the step up from underage to senior football.

Carndonagh have made a good start to the year with five wins from six outings in Division Four. In Gerard Doherty, Mickey McLaughlin and Fergal Doherty, they have three forwards capable of making life difficult for Maguire and company.

Verdict: Naomh Columba.