After two demoralising defeats, Ballinaglera produced their best display of the GWP Intermediate Championship when their 2-12 to 0-5 victory over Melvin Gaels was enough to see them straight into the quarter-finals.
With scoring difference counting to decide the seventh automatic spot in the playoffs, Ballinaglera’s powerful display against a strong Kinlough second string, who had produced some strong displays in the Intermediate campaign, was enough to see them through.
Ballinaglera finished with a scoring difference of plus nine, accounted almost entirely from 13 point victory over Melvin Gaels, while Eslin, who beat Drumkeerin by seven points, finished with a difference of minus two.
Aughavas also found their 1-19 to 0-11 loss to Fenagh St. Caillin’s very costly as their 11 point loss meant they finished with a scoring difference of minus 30, meaning they will face Eslin next weekend in a crucial playoff to decide the last quarter-final position.
Cloone surrendered their 100% record when they lost 2-9 to 1-7 to an Aughnasheelin team who desperately needed the win to ensure their place in the Quarter-Finals. The win sees them top the group, although that prize no longer carries the incentive it once did.
Cloone and Aughnasheelin join Fenagh St. Caillin’s, St. Patrick’s Dromahair, Ballinaglera, Gortletteragh and Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher in the quarter-finals with either Eslin or Aughavas to join them while Drumkeerin, Melvin Gaels and Glencar/Manor are in the relegation battle.