Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final
Clooney 7-30 tonight
Last weekend’s postponed Intermediate Championship game between St. Enda’s and Davitt’s has been rearranged for tonight under the lights at Ahoghill and is likely to attract a descent crowd. The Saffron Gael previewed the game last week along with the Dunloy v Gort na Mona game which was also called off due to a bereavement.
Little is likely to have changed in the intervening period to affect the outcome of tonight’s game and St. Enda’s will start as strong favourites given the fact that they are playing their football in division 1 and have had a very successful first season in the higher grade of Antrim’s football leagues.
Nothing is certain when it comes to championship football however and Michael Davitt’s will certainly not be making the trip to Clooney just to make up the numbers. In 2017 they just escaped relegation to division 3 but this season they have fared much better and were up there with the top sides in division 2 early in the season.
St. Enda’s made a great start in the higher division with wins over Ahoghill, Cargin, Portglenone and Glenavy and were beaten by the narrowest of margins by Rossa and Creggan and despite a number of defeats they have secured their place in division 1 for another year.
They have a strong panel of players which includes former county keeper, Paddy Flood and present county panellists Peter Healey, Kristin Healey and Oran Eastwood and experienced campaigners in Phillip Curran, Ruairi Scott, Gerard Crossey and Michael McNamee and proved too good for St. Paul’s in the preliminary round two weeks ago.
Michael Davitt’s, like St. Enda’s made a good start to the season with wins over Tir na nOg, Sarsfield’s, and Rasharkin and a draw with league leaders, St. Brigid’s at Musgrave Park. Their form has dipped more recently but they have been without key players in a number of those games including their talisman mid-fielder, Sean O’Neill.
Big Sean is unlikely to be available tonight but if Davitt’s can field at anywhere near full strength then they are capable of pushing the Hightown side all the way but St. Enda’s greater experience in division 1 should give them the sharpness to win this one with a little to spare.
The Dunloy v Gort na Mona game is re-fixed for Clooney on Tuesday night and we will take a look at that one early next week.