Fresh starts for some and the last chance saloon for others

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

Group 1

Two of the teams in Saturday Group 1 of the Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Championship will taste action for the first time as Carey Faughs and Gort na Móna join the fray. These two were to play each other on Tuesday evening at Pairc Enright but the game was postponed because of a bereavement in the Gorts club.

The men from Turf Lodge travel down to Ahoghill where they face a Cloney Gaels team who opened with a win at Armoy on Tuesday evening and they will be pushing to grab another two points to put them top of the group.

Carey Faughs, who to have played the Gorts on Tuesday, get their campaign underway with a home game against St Gall’s. Christ Dornan’s men shared the points with Glenariffe Oisins on Tuesday evening and with a game under their belts they got to Ballyvoy in confident mood. With only two teams qualifying from each group the pressure is on both teams, and Carey could find the going tough having not played a competitive game since their league semi-final with Cushendun back in July.

Dropping a point on Tuesday evening at Milltown puts Oisins under pressure and they will be hoping to not only beat Armoy tomorrow, but also by a big score. Of course the Glen Rovers men will have other ideas and they are capable of causing an upset.

Group 2

With just five teams in Group 2 one of the teams have a bye each round and this time around Creggan sit it out, fresh from their win over Sarsfields on Tuesday evening.

That win puts Sarfields under a bit of pressure and their game against their neighbours St Paul’s in the Bear Pit on Saturday is vital. Last year’s Junior champions appeared to be in bother when they trailed Cloughmills by nine at half time on Tuesday, but they turned things around with a fantastic second half to snatch the win. Anything less than a win and Sarfields season could be over, and knowing this should drive them on to victory.

Having had a bye the first day puts Cusheundun a bit on the back foot, but their opponents on Saturday, Cloughmills are under even more pressure having let a nine point lead slip on Tuesday at St Paul’s. Cushendun come into the championship as many peoples favourite, having won promotions to Division 1 for next season. However they know the championship is different gravy and they need to hit the ground running this time around.

All games throw in at 4pm

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