Glenfarne Kiltyclogher v St. Patrick’s Dromahair: A fantastic battle here that could easily end up being the final later in the year. Both these teams have been knocking on the door of Intermediate glory for some years but Dromahair carry the burden of favouritism, their position second in Division One giving them a huge edge. Glenfarne/Kilty get every little bit out of their resources and are an example of many bigger clubs. If they can hold Dromahair’s high scoring forwards and make this a battle, you’d fancy their spirit here to bring off a shock but you get the feeling that the scoring power Dromahair possess and their experience from last year should see them through a difficult encounter.
Aughavas v Cloone: A big derby in prospect here but the odds have to favour Cloone, playing in Division 2 and comfortably mid-table while Aughavas lie fifth in Division 3. The local derby factor will bring the best out of Aughavas but they have been in a period of decline as the great team of the 1990s and 2000s slips further into memory. There are talented players there but a Cloone team who won the Intermediate title three years ago would appear to have too much for them in this one.
Leitrim Gaels v Drumkeerin: An historic day for Leitrim Gaels as they make their debut at Intermediate level and while many will expect them to struggle, there is enough young talent there to suggest they will be far from a walkover. Drumkeerin will do well to remember that they had just six points to spare over the Gaels in the League and if Eunan Treacy can get enough supply, he has the accuracy to punish them. But you would still expect Drumkeerin’s strength and experience to tell the tale and take the victory.
Ballinamore SOH v Eslin: An intriguing encounter – the Beirne brothers powered Eslin facing a Sean O’Heslin’s team many have as favourites for the Intermediate title. Ballinamore may have the greater resources but the game will hinge on how Conor & Tomas Beirne fare against county colleagues Wayne McKeon and Shane Moran – if Conor gets the right supply, he will do some damage but Ballinamore’s two county men may have an edge on Beirne. Indeed, the four County men might negate each other and Ballinamore’s overall strength should be enough to see them start with a win.
Ballinaglera v Glencar Manorhamilton: Ballinaglera won’t particularly relish this game as Glencar/Manor’s second string have consistently reached the knock-out stages in recent years. Glera have gone from winning in division 2 to conceding games so it is difficult to know what you will get on Sunday. What you will get is a determined outfit but you will also get a Manor team full of players determined to impress for the Senior outfit, particularly their young emerging players. Hard fought as always, you would expect Glencar/Manor to take the win here.
Aughnasheelin v Fenagh St Caillin’s: One of the stand-out games of the weekend as two neighbours come face to face. An emerging Fenagh had six points to spare over Aughnasheelin in the League and that will stand as a pointer but Aughnasheelin will raise their game another level in the champonship. Dealing with that pressure will be the key to Fenagh but they should take the victory here.