After their exploits in reaching Division One of the All County League, Milford’s odds for the Intermediate Championship have shortened considerably.
Danny O’Donnell’s side have a local derby with Fanad Gaels this Saturday evening as the Michael Murphy Sports Intermediate Championship resumes. This is one of six games in the Intermediate Championship over Saturday and Sunday.
Fanad will hardly provide a guard of honour for their neighbours, but it a sign of how times have changed. Had this fixture been part of the programme maybe two years ago, Fanad would have been odds on favourites. No doubt they now have noisy neighbours and the game could be one of the highlights of the weekend programme.
Milford had a big win over Carndonagh in the opening round, while Fanad lost out to St. Naul’s in Mountcharles. The Mountcharles-based side, even though they looked doomed to be relegated to Division Three, could clinch a quarter-final place when they visit Carndonagh.
Group A verdicts: Wins for Milford and St. Naul’s
Aodh Ruadh, thanks to their win over Cloughaneely in the opening round, look certainties to make the quarter-final when they host a Naomh Colmcille side that are struggling this season. That game is in Fr. Tierney Park on Sunday. The Ballyshannon side have already clinched promotion to Division Two, while Naomh Colmcille looked doomed for the drop to Division Four.
The other game in the group - Naomh Ultan v Cloughaneely - is likely to be more competitive. Naomh Ultan are a little pre-occupied with retaining their Division Three status, but this will give them a chance to measure themselves against a Division Two side. Cloughaneely, having lost the opening game at home to Aodh Ruadh, need to get back on the horse if they are to be in the race. Many would have had the Falcarragh-based side as one of the contenders and they may be again after Saturday evening.
Group B verdicts: Wins for Cloughaneely and Aodh Ruadh
This is by far the most interesting group in the Intermediate championship, especially after the opening two games were drawn. There will be plenty of interest in the local derby between Burt and Buncrana on Sunday afternoon, while on Sunday evening, Naomh Columba host Naomh Brid in Pairc na nGael, Glencolmcille.
Buncrana have had a mixed bag, while Burt, when they had their full complement, have shown glimpses. On all known form, it would seem that Buncrana, with their county contingent available, should be too strong.
Naomh Columba, despite struggling to retain their Division Two status, should have enough for Naomh Brid.
Group C verdicts: Wins for Buncrana and Naomh Columba.
The final round of games in the group stages of the Intermediate Championship are all set for Saturday week, 3rd September. The winners, runners-up and two best placed third teams will advance to quarter-finals