Kilcormac-Killoughey eliminated, Daingean into semi-finals as Offaly IFC remains wide open

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Kilcormac-Killoughey eliminated, Daingean into semi-finals as Offaly IFC remains wide open

K/K are out of the race for intermediate football honours

THE Tullamore Court Hotel Intermdiate Football Championship is shaping up to be the most wide open of all the Offaly GAA competitions.

Group 1 is partiucularly delicately poised with all four teams on two points while in group 2, the big talking point is the early elimination of last year's beaten finalists, Kilcormac-Killoughey with Daingean in the semi-finals and Clonbullogue and St Brigid's assured of quarter-finals.

The second round of games took place last weekend and in group 1, there were hugely important wins for the first round losers. Ballycommon got their campaign up and running with a fine 3-13 to 1-12 win over Clodiagh Gaels while Raheen had a super 3-14 to 0-15 win over a fancied Shannonbridge.

It leaves the four sides tied on two points each and the scoring difference is: Raheen +7; Ballycommon +6; Clodiagh Gaels -6; Shannonbridge -7.

The top team in each group goes into the semi-finals with the next two into two quarter-finals. The final round on the weekend of September 18-19 will determine all and it is knockout fare for every team now. Raheen meet Ballycommon and Shannonbridge take on Clodiagh Gaels in the final round.

In group 2, Daingean had a great 0-20 to 1-15 win over Clonbullogue. Daingean were promoted from junior last year while Clonbullogue looked very good in their first round win over Kilcormac-Killoughey and this was a big win for Daingean. It also puts them into the semi-finals as they have four points from their two games. If Daingean lose to Kilcormac-Killoughey in their last game, the winners of Clonbullogue and St Brigid's will join them on four points. However, Daingean have beaten both and will top the group on the head to head rule.

Kilcormac-Killoughey have struggled badly. Well beaten by Clonbullogue, they shipped another heavy defeat as St Brigid's defeated them by 0-13 to 0-3. They are performances that suggest K-K are not too bothered about football this year and they are now gone from the championship, facing into the relegation play off.

Clonbullogue and St Brigid's are on two points each – they have the same scoring difference of +8 but Clonbullogue have scored more and are ahead on the table at the moment.

In the final round, K-K meet Daingean and Clonbullogue take on St Brigid's. Even if K/K beat Daingean, they can't get through – they can tie with the losers of Clonbullogue and St Brigid's on two points but they have lost to both them and will be gone under the head to head rule.

Junior Football Championship

The second round of the Junior Football Championship took place last weekend and in group 1, title favourites Tullamore secured their place in the quarter-finals at least. They had to work hard to beat Rhode by 1-11 to 0-8 but with four points from their two games, they are through.

In the other group 1 game, Ballinagar had a fine 0-15 to 0-11 win over Clara and them and Rhode are now on two points with Rhode ahead on scoring difference: -5 compared to -6. In the final round Rhode and Ballinagar meet while Tullamore take on Clara. Irrespective of results in the final round, Ballinagar and Rhode are through.

Even if Clara shocked Tullamore and tied with the losers of Ballinagar and Rhode, they will lose out on the head to head rule.

In group 2, Doon have set the pace and they had a big 2-8 to 0-7 win over a declining Kilclonfert side on Saturday evening. In the other game, Edenderry beat the second Tullamore junior team, An Tulach Mhor by 2-14 to 1-5.

It leaves Doon on top of the table on four points and with An Tulach Mhor up in their last game, they are favourites to claim the automatic semi-final place. Edenderry and An Tulach Mhor have two points – Edenderry's scoring difference is +7 points, An Tulach Mhor's is -11.

Kilclonfert still have a lifeline. They play Edenderry last and must win this to get onto two points. If An Tulach Mhor surprise Doon, then Kilclonfert would go through on the head to head rule with Edenderry. And if Kilclonfert beat Edenderry and Doon beat An Tulach Mhor, scoring difference will determine who advances as there will be three teams on two points. A win for Edenderry will put Kilclonfert into the relegation play off.

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