Two big clashes in North Antrim in Intermediate Hurling Championship

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

With Gort na Móna ruled out at the minute because of the Covid 19 situation there are only two games down for decision in Sunday’s Intermediate Hurling Championship. The Gorts were supposed to travel to Glenariffe to take on the Oisins so that game goes by the wayside, though there may be some developments in the offing with regards to the Oisins.

Last week Carey Faughs travelled to Creggan and beat the Kickhams men by three points in what has to be regarded as the ‘group of death. With home advantage against the Paddies this week a win would secure them a semi-final spot, but anything less would leave the men from Ballyvoy sweating over the outcome of next Sunday’s meeting between Sarsfields and Creggan. With only three teams in each group the three who top the table are joined by the best runner-up and that situation is further complicated by the Gort na Móna situation. It might take more that calculators to work it out!

Carey beat the Paddies in last year’s semi-final at Rossa Park in a hard fought battle which went right down to the wire. The previous season Sarsfields beat the Faughs in the final in Armoy so these are two teams who are familiar with each other. Sarsfields had a bye last week and they were also the team to sit it out in the single round of league games at the start of this season’s campaign, so they are going into Sunday’s vital clash relatively untested. They have of course played a few challenge games but the white heat of championship is a different matter.

This promises to be another close fought battle that could go either way. A home win would give the Faughs that coveted semi-final spot, a draw would mean Sarsfields would need to beat Creggan by more than three points next weekend, while a Paddies win will leave them in the driving seat when they entertain Creggan at the Bear Pit on Sunday next. Of course a Creggan win in that game would leave everyone back where they started. Don’t rule out to toss of a coin deciding it all!

Over in Armoy the Glen Rovers have a home game against Tir na nÓg, knowing that a win is essential if their season is to continue. They were beaten by Cloughmills in last weekend’s game and have a deficit of three points, and it could have been worse had big Johnny McErlain not blasted a late free to the Biddies net. They simply need to win tomorrow and win well if they are to have any chance of claiming that best loser slot.

Tir na nÓg are coming into the game cold after sitting out last week, but they did have a good win over Gort na Móna in their one and only league game which was played on July 22nd.  This may be a crazy way to play a championship but one thing for sure is every game matters.

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