With no safety net at this stage of the competition, Leitrim Ladies travel to Birr next Saturday for the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Quarter-Final confident but wary of the threat posed by Clare.
The Banner women lost the Munster Intermediate Final by just four points to a highly regarded Waterford and nobody in the Leitrim camp will be taking the Division Two side for granted with a place in the semi-final at stake.
And although Leitrim will be wary of a Clare team that ran Waterford to three points in the Munster Intermediate Final, they will nevertheless go into the game in confident mood after their Connacht Final victory over Sligo, a victory that ended a run of three straight defeats.
Clare qualified for the quarter-final with an extra-time victory over Limerick on a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-6 but there is no doubt that the Munster team’s preparations were hampered by the fall out of the All-Ireland Camogie coin-toss debacle with three of the Clare team lining out the very next day for the camogie team against Dublin.
Their focus will be solely on Leitrim next Saturday and they have shown a knack for goals but Leitrim will be confident in the form of keeper Michelle Guckian who has been the most consistent and outstanding performer in the Green & Gold in 2015.
Pat Costello will also be looking for a big return from Aine Tighe as the Kiltubrid woman remains the player who makes the forwards tick. If she hit form, and with Dearbhaile Beirne in support, you have to expect Leitrim to reach the semi-final for the second year in a row.
In the other quarter-finals, League champions and Connacht rivals Sligo take on Waterford in Birr next Saturday at 2 pm while the following weekend sees a highly rated Kildare face Wexford while Fermanagh take on Offaly.
A Leitrim win will see the Green & Gold face the winners of the Waterford and Sligo quarter-final in the first semi-finals on Saturday, August 29, with the other semi-final a week later.