RELEGATED from the Senior Championship at the end of last season, Shamrocks picked up a handy two points last weekend as they started their quest to regain their top flight status.
Tullamore Court Hotel IFC Round Up
Due to various commitments and despite attempts being made to refix the game for a different day, Clonbullogue took the decision to award Shamrocks a walkover in their first round game in the Tullamore Court Hotel Intermediate Football Championship.
The walkover could present problems at a later stage in the championship if score difference is needed to decide places. However it presents an even more pressing problem as the respective Junior teams from the club could have the advantage of being able to play Intermediate players before they play in the Intermediate Championship. The Offaly Express understands that both sides will be fixed to play in the Intermediate Championship in the near future.
In the games that were played the most notable result was St Brigid’s 3-10 to 1-9 win over Rhode in a repeat of last year’s county final. While a number of the Rhode players who featured in that final are now plying their trade at Senior, it was still an impressive win for Sr Brigid’s and lays down a serious marker for the season ahead. The Croghan outfit were bitterly disappointed to lose to their parish rivals last year and this win will give them a major boost for what will be a hard fought championship.
Also in Group 2, Shannonbridge had their eye in in front of goal as they defeated Kilclonfert by 4-9 to 0-5 in Ballinamere. Eddie Egan scored two of the goals as Shannonbridge built a 3-4 to 0-2 lead by half-time which turned out to be a watch winning lead.
Bracknagh opened their campaign with a victory as they recorded an impressive win overcoming Durrow by 3-11 to 1-11.
In Group 1 there were two games played with Raheen besting Birr by 1-10 to 1-7. The decisive score was a goal in first-half injury-time from Richie Reynolds which set Raheen on course. Birr rallied with 1-3 without reply in the second-half but Raheen had enough in hand to hold on for the in. Doon were another team who laid down an early marker of intent as they proved too strong for Cappincur recording a 2-15 to 1-5 win.
With 13 teams in the Intermediate Championship this year, one team will be idle each week and it was Ballyfore who spent the weekend with their feet up as they await their opener.