Favourites Aodh Ruadh and Milford set the pace

Tom Comack previews the Michael Murphy Sports Intermediate Championship

Favourites Aodh Ruadh and Milford set the pace

Aodh Ruadh and Milford are the pacesetters going into the final round of group games in the Michael Murphy Sports Intermediate Championship.

They are both unbeaten after two rounds of games and have already clinched their places in the last eight.

St Naul’s, Naomh Ultan, Cloughaneely, Naomh Columba, Burt and Naomh Brid are in the chasing pack for quarter-final berths this weekend.

The top two in each group qualify automatically for the quarter-final with the remaining two places filled by the two best third placed teams.

Group A

St Naul’s v Milford

Gerard Gallagher Memorial Park, Sat, 6.30 pm

Milford, already promoted to Division One, lead Group A, with wins over Carndonagh and Fanad Gaels. They face second placed St Naul’s.

This is a sticky enough assignment for Danny O’Donnell and the Division Two pacesetters. St Naul’s drew away to Carndonagh last Sunday and registered an impressive eight point, 2-12 to 0-10, win over Fanad Gaels, in the first round.

Stephen Griffin still carries the main scoring threat for St Nauls.

Verdict: Milford

Fanad Gaels v Carndonagh

Tria-a-Locha, Sat, 6.30 pm

Fanad Gaels after two defeats, away to St Naul’s and at home last weekend to Milford are bidding for a first win.

Carndonagh are only marginally better off. The Inishowen men bounced back from a heavy first round defeat away to Milford in the first round to hold St Naul’s to a draw in Carndonagh on Sunday.

Fanad will have drawn some confidence from running Milford to just two points in the last round and this along with home advantage could be enough to swing this one.

Verdict: Fanad Gaels

Group B

Naomh Ultan v Aodh Ruadh

Naomh Ultan Park, Dunkineely, Saturday, 6.30 pm

Naomh Ultan entertain Aodh Ruadh on Saturday evening.The locals, who earned a late draw against Cloughaneely last weekend, need a draw to copperfasten one of the quarter-final positions.

Naomh Ultan defeated Naomh Colmcille in the first round.

Aodh Ruadh are the form team in Division Three of the All County Football League, having already secured promotion to Division Two.

Verdict: Aodh Ruadh

Naomh Colmcille v Cloughaneely

Pairc Colmcille, Newtown, 6.30 pm

Naomh Colmcille have lost their two games so far away to Aodh Ruadh and at home to Naomh Ultan. They are also struggling in the league and currently sitting at the bottom of the Division Three table.

Cloughaneely drew with Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely last Sunday and lost by three at home to Aodh Ruadh in the first round.

The men from the North West will be anxious to win this win and to chalk up a big winning margin in the hope that three points will secure a place in the last eight.

Verdict: Cloughaneely.

Group C

Burt v Naomh Columba

Hibernian Park, Saturday, 6.30pm

Naomh Columba are currently top the group table with three points from their 0-13 to 0-12 win over Naomh Brid last Sunday and their 1-11 to 0-14 first round draw with Buncrana.

Burt have drawn their two opening games. Last Sunday they drew 0-8 each with Buncrana in Hibernian Park. They also drew away against Naomh Brid, 1-5 to 0-8.

Brendan Doherty’s Naomh Columba need at least need a draw to ensure qualification with Burt and Buncrana able to leapfrog them, if they lose.

Verdict: Burt

Naomh Bríd v Buncrana

Pairc Naomh Brid, Trummon, 6.30 pm

It is pretty simple for Naomh Brid when they host Buncrana on Saturday evening.

With just one point from their two games, nothing short of a win suffice for David Walsh and company from this game. They lost out by a by a point last Sunday to Naomh Columba in Pairc Na nGael against Burt at home.

Buncrana are also looking for their first win after drawing their two games. Those draw were against Burt away and Naomh Columba at home.

Verdict: Buncrana

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Letterkenny Gaels v Convoy

Pairc Naomh Columba, Glenswilly, Saturday, 6 pm

Letterkenny Gaels and Convoy meet in the last of the Michael Murphy Sport & Leisure Junior A Championship quarter-finals.

The winners will play Downings in the county semi-final.