James hoping to make up for senior defeat with intermediate title

Brothers Brendan and James Rooney.
Having established himself in the senior team, their surprise quarter final defeat was a bitter pilll to swallow, but James Rooney and his intermediate team mates have the opportunity to finish the year on a high.

Having established himself in the senior team, their surprise quarter final defeat was a bitter pilll to swallow, but James Rooney and his intermediate team mates have the opportunity to finish the year on a high.

“It was very disappointing losing to Mohill but everyone got their heads right for this and since the game against Mohill, all we wanted to do was to win the Intermediate Championship.”

The quarter final win over Ballinamore was seen by many as a key moment but James points instead to the group game against neighbours Dromahair.

“I think after we lost to Dromahair a lot of lads said we have to get serious about this.

“I know we lost the game and it was the only game we have lost so far in the Intermediate Championship but we knew after that game if we got our heads down and knuckled down we could take anyone.”

Turning his attention to Saturday’s final James insists Eslin are more than a two man team. “If we do concentrate only on the two Beirnes we will get shocked on the day because they have got a few other very good players but it is mostly about Conor and Mossy. If we can stop them we should be in with a good chance, but stopping them is easier said than done.”