Can St Naul’s go one better this season and get their hands on the Donegal Intermediate title?
That is one of the major questions as the Donegal Intermediate Championship swings into action this weekend.
Last year they just lost out to Milford who impressively went on to maintain their Division One status and are now proudly competing in the Senior Championship.
But Naul’s have been handed a tough opener down on Pairc na nGael where a promising Naomh Columba team awaits loads of youthful zest and a brilliant young prospect called Aaron Doherty who could be involved in a shoot out with Mountcharles marksman Stephen Griffin.
This could be a tough one to call, but home advantage might just swing matters Glen’s way.
Up the road in Dunkineely, hosts Naomh Ultan will be hoping to make home advantage count against last year’s county junior champions Naomh Colmcille. 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.
Meanwhile, recently relegated from Division One, Aodh Ruadh make the long trip to the Banks to take on Naomh Muire who were also relegated from Division Two.
The youthful Ballyshannon side are one of the favourites to lift the trophy and were on the wrong end of a few narrow defeats and draws this season. Naomh Muire have nothing to lose and could prove to be a tough proposition at home, but the south Donegal men should prevail.
Elsewhere the Friel and Michael Sweeney powered Fanad Gaels should have too much power and panache for neighbours Downings. The McClafferty’s and McBride’s power Downings, but the Division Three side should come out on top after a tightly contested affair. And it could be another cracking contest as Glenfin take on Naomh Brid in Pairc Taobhoige.
Glenfin have retained their Division Two status and the McGlynn’s and Ward’s remain key figures for the Lar Gaeltacht side. They were unlucky to lose to Four Masters in a dramatic finale on Saturday night.
Opponents Naomh Brid could still be in contention to be promoted up to Division Two. In Darragh Brogan and the Gallagher’s they have some solid performers. But Glenfin should take this tie, by a few points.
Finally, Buncrana and Cloughaneely could be a hard fought affair in Buncrana.
Cloughaneely maintained their Division One status that was quite a fillip and will be travelling with loads of confidence. And they should have too much power and precision for the home side.
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