Glenfarne Wood Products Intermediate Championship favourites Gortletteragh made a positive start to their campaigns last Saturday with a comfortable victory over Drumkeerin in Kiltubrid while Aughnasheelin prevailed over neighbours Ballinaglera in a tight encounter.
Immediately after their display against a potent Melvin Gaels in last year’s Intermediate Final, Gortletteragh were installed as hot favourites for the 2012 title and they started in the right fashion as they built up a massive 0-10 to 0-1 lead at halftime against Drumkeerin.
With an accurate Cathal McCrann, moved to his usual club position out the field, consistently hitting the frees and Darren Duignan scoring a wonder point, Gortletteragh benefitted from a poor first half display from the north Leitrim men to win 0-13 to 0-8.
Drumkeerin, with County star Colm Clarke moved out the field for the second half, made a much better challenge in the second half as they restricted the favourites to just three points but the first half gap proved too much to surmount.
Gortleteragh now face an Eslin team who put up a tremendously high scoring display against Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher, knowing that a win would more or less guarantee them a place in the Quarter-Finals.
Drumkeerin face a north Leitrim clash with Glenfarne/Kilty, one that they have to get some sort of a result in if they want to avoid a relegation battle.
In the Intermediate Championship’s last remaining game, Aughnasheelin scored a two point victory over neighbours Ballinaglera, 1-10 to 2-5. Both these clubs have been desperately hit by emigration in recent years but despite a lot of wides in both halves, Aughnasheelin had the strength to pull through.
Aughnasheelin now face Melvin Gaels’ second string next weekend and a victory there would go a very long way to guaranteeing them a place in the quarter-finals. Ballinaglera face a Cloone team who are also looking for a second win and motivated by the desire to bring a win back to the official opening of their revamped club grounds on Sunday.