Intermediate Championship heating up

Andersonstown SC IHC Fixtures & Previews

It’s not quite knockout time in the Andersonstown SC IHC yet but it’s starting to feel like it. In Group 1 in particular the margin for error is minute following last Sunday’s round of games with three and possibly four teams still in the shakeup with two games remaining. Cloney Gaels top the group on 5 points, followed by Glenariffe Oisin and Cathaoir an Ri on 4 but the Ballyvoy side have played a game less and Wednesday night’s clash at St. Patrick’s Park should make things a little clearer but will not decide qualification.

Group 1 all games Wednesday 6-45pm,

Cathaoir an Ri v Cloney Gaels

Cloney Gaels staged a great comeback on Sunday to earn a draw against Glenariffe Oisin in Ahoghill. Trailing by 7 at the break, the Gaels stepped it up after the break with the free taking of James O’Connell an important part of that comeback. Cathaoir an Ri had their game against Gort na Mona on day 1 postponed because of Covid issues in the West Belfast camp but have slipped in under the radar with wins over St. Gall’s on day 2 and Armoy on Sunday past.

A win here would put them in pole position and would certainly damage the Ahoghill men’s chances of a top 2 place and I would expect this one to be very keenly contested and could go either way but the greater need of the Ahoghill side may see them edge it though another draw certainly can’t be ruled out.

Glenariffe Oisin v Gort na Mona

Glenariffe Oisin have been involved in two draws to date against St. Gall’s at home and Cloney Gaels away and they realistically need to win this one to keep themselves in the play-off frame. Gort na Mona have lost to both St. Gall’s and Cloney Gaels in their two fixtures to date and would need a step up in performance if they are to get anything from the journey to Waterfoot with Alex O’Boyle and Co. the likely winners

Naomh Gall v Glen Rovers

Home advantage should be enough to edge this one in favour of a Naomh Gall side who will have one eye on fixtures elsewhere as they harbour hopes of gate crashing a play-off place and a win over the Armoy side would move them onto five points and set them up nicely for a visit to Cloney Gaels on day four should the Ahoghill side lose in Ballyvoy.

1Ghaeil Chluanaidh32018857315
2Glenariffe Oisin CLG31027349244
3Cathaoir an Rí22005638184
4Naomh Gall3111625933
5Gort na Móna CLG20203462-280
6Glen Rovers30304492-480

Group 2 all games 6-45pm

Things look a little bit more-clear in a Group 2 containing only 5 teams as opposed to 6 in Group 1 with Kickham’s Creggan and Emmet’s Cushendun topping the table with 2 wins from 2 starts. Sarsfield’s sit two points behind and at this stage the two promotion places are likely to go to two of these three but as in Group 1, nothing is set in stone

Robert Emmet’s v Kickham’s Creggan

Both sides have made positive starts to their championship campaigns with Creggan recording big wins over both Sarsfield’s and St. Brigid’s Cloughmills but this is the first time they have taken to the road and the visit to Cushendun looks like providing a much sterner test.

The Emmet’s defeated St. Brigid’s on day 2, having sat out the opening round and had 11 points to spare over St. Paul’s on day 3 so something will have to give tomorrow night. ‘Loaf’ McNeill has been in scintillating form for the seasiders, notching up impressive scoring totals while Creggan will look to county captain, Conor McCann to get them over the line.

There shouldn’t be too much between them at the end but home advantage could edge it the Emmet’s way.

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills v Patrick Sarsfield’s

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills have made a poor start to their championship campaign with defeats at home to Cushendun and a hammering last day out at Creggan and will be hoping to restore some pride when Sarsfield’s make the long journey to Cloughmills.

A win would keep the Belfast side in the hunt for a promotion place and with Niall McKenna leading the way they should have enough in the tank to win this one.

1Kickhams GAC Creggan22005429254
2Robert Emmets Cushendun22005026244
3Pádraig Sáirseil CLG2110444132
4Naomh Pól CLG /St Pauls GAC31204972-232
5Naomh Brid Cloiche An Mhuillinn30305079-290

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