It’s winner takes all when Fanad Gaels and Naomh Muire collide in the Intermediate Championship in O’Donnell Park, on Saturday night.
In what promises to be a real tasy play-off tie, the momentum is with Division Two outfit Naomh Muire. They turned an eight point first leg 2-9 to 0-7 defeat around the weekend before last in the second game to win by a whopping ten points.
The 3-12 to 0-11 victory all more remarkable in that it was honed out away from home and in Fanad’s home ground in Portsalon.
“It was the last chance saloon for us really. We had to win oor we were out it was as simple as that,” insisted Naomh Muire manager Danny O’Donnell.
“We were very disappointed with our performance in the first game and we were out to make up for that poor showing. Besides we were much stronger the last day. We had Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle back and we also brought in a number of the minors and I suppose we got the goals at the right time.
Fanad with the exception of goalkeeper Mark McConigley, on holidays, Fanad were at full strength for the Portsaloon. They even had Patrick McConigley, who missed the first game down in the Banks, back in the pivotal centre back position.
“We have no complaints about the last day. Naomh Muire were much the better side. We simply were very flat and I’m hoping last weekend’s break will mean we are fresh again for Saturday night and that we can find our form again.”
Both camps have no injury concerns going into the game.
In the other game in the championship Aodh Ruadh have their work cut out to keep their championship ambitions alive. They are away to Buncrana, and having drawn the first leg 2-10 each, in Fr. Tierney Park, it is stand up and be counted time for Johnny Gallagher, Brian Roper and company in the Scarvy. This game on Sunday afternoon.