Can Newtown go one better than their unprecedented junior championship success last year and do the same at intermediate level?

They will head into the competition boosted not only by promotion back to division four, but by the return of pivotal midfield pair Michael Lynch and Daniel Clarke, who have returned from a summer in America and are raring to go.

Naomh Colmcille boss Ryan McKinley knew his squad was a truly intermediate side, but the burning question now is just how far can they go now that they have stepped up again?

Nobody expects too much from them, but with master strategist McKinley in charge, you just never know what surprises he has up his sleeve.

Newtown travel to Dunkineely this Saturday (throw-in 6.30pm) for their opening group game, where hosts Naomh Ultan will be hoping to make home advantage count against last year’s county junior champion. Aaron Kyles, Cian Kennedy and Co are minus quite a few regulars while Naomh Colmcille will be hoping to carry last year’s good form up to the higher grade. Again, home advantage gives a slight nod to Naomh Ultan.

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