St. Joseph’s & Aughawillan into semi-finals

Champions St. Joseph’s and Aughawillan booked thier places in the Semi-Finals with comprehensive victories last weekend.

Champions St. Joseph’s and Aughawillan booked thier places in the Semi-Finals with comprehensive victories last weekend.

St. Joseph’s place in the semi-finals was not assured before last weekend’s clash with a Mohill team they met in last year’s final but they made light work of the task, scoring a remarkable 2-20 to 0-3 victory to see them seal second place in the group.

An unbeaten Aughawillan, who inflicted a 2-7 to 0-8 defeat on the County Champions in the first round, maintained their unbeaten record with a facile 4-20 to 0-5 win over a weakened St. Mary’s Kiltoghert in the other game, topping the group and awaiting the result of next weekend’s Group B final clash.

As it stands, Aughawillan will meet Kiltubrid in the semi-finals but a victory for Bornacoola against Dromahair would see Kiltubrid top the group on scoring difference but given Dromahair’s form, it is hard to see the Bors overcoming the former champions.

If results go as expected, it would mean St. Joseph’s would face Dromahair in the semi-finals, provisionally fixed for the weekend of September 7/9.

The Intermediate championship reaches the semi-final stages next weekend despite the fact that all teams have only played two games so far, St. Francis the team to lose out.

Table toppers Cloone take on an Annaduff side who have drawn two games so far but can’t be ruled out as they have been involved in some high scoring encounters while Sean O’Heslin’s, who have also drawn their two encounters, take on Glencar/Manorhamilton who lost narrowly to Cloone in the first round.

In the Junior Championship, the second strings of St. Joseph’s and Glencar/Manorhamilton meet on Sunday but Drumkeerin sent out a message that they will be a force to be reckoned with as they overwhelmed Fenagh by 4-19 to 0-7.

St. Joseph’s would have to be favoured as they have already beaten Eslin heavily while Glencar/Manor will also have their resources stretched as they are in action in the Intermediate grade.