Foreglen (Derry) 2-11 v Naomh Muire (Donegal) 1-11.
Foreglen of Derry go into the Ulster Semi Final following their comeback victory against Naomh Muire in Derry today. Having led all of the first half following a flying start...the Derry men narrowed the deficit to two points at Half time 1-5 to 1-03.
The crucial 15 mins of the second half however belonged to the men from the Sperrins as they pulled back to equalize before getting the first of their two goals. Naomh Muire fell into a 4 point deficit before mounting their own impressive comeback in what became a thrilling second half. Naomh Muire had chances to go ahead but it didn't happen at the crucial times. With ten minutes left it was all square and in the end Foreglen got the vital scores to allow them to end the stronger side and seal victory. Overall it was game that slipped away from Naomh Muire and one that could have been won.
It was great to see another huge turnout at Celtic Park with many who couldn't make it tuning into Facebook, Raidio na Gaeltachta and Highland Radio for updates. This support was lifting.
That brings the Intermediate Championship season to an end and one that still has the prize of Senior Football in 2014.
Good luck to Foreglen in the Ulster Semi- Final.
Cúpla pictiúr on chluiche inniu. Mí ádh a fheara.
The club would like to wish Hugh the Yank a speedy recovery following his injury at today's game.
Ulster Intermediate Championship Quarter Final- Celtic Park Derry- Sunday November 3rd.
Foreglen O'Brien's (Doire) v Naomh Muire (Dún na nGall).
It is with great pride and honour that Danny O'Donnell and the lads will represent both club and county in this Ulster Championship Intermediate Championship match in the famous Celtic Park Derry.
Foreglen O'Brien's were founded in 1888 making them one of the first GAA clubs in Ireland and playing this 125 year old club means that we are playing a club steeped in History. By comparison Naomh Muire - founded in 1980 are one of Donegal's youngest clubs although we too are proud of our history and growth.
This will be a great day in Derry and as the team are prepared for this Ulster clash - we now start the off field efforts to get the crowds out to Celtic Park for the big match. One thing that many are talking about since the win in Letterkenny was the huge Naomh Muire support and we also know that the team felt that as well throughout the game. This will be a tough match against a strong Foreglen side but with a strong support and the lads taking recent form into the match.....anything is possible on the day.
Updates re transport, directions etc will be posted in the run up to the trip to Derry.
NAOMH MUIRE ABÚ
Naomh Muire are in the Intermediate Championship Final following today's semi-final win over Aodh Ruadh. Aodh Ruadh started the livelier and the lads were finding it hard to get any rhythm allowing Aodh Ruadh to get into a 0-04 to 0-01 lead and was it not for poor finishing by the Erne-siders they could have created damage early on. Naomh Muire scored their way back into level and just before half time. Paul the Yank Boyle converted a penalty putting the lads into a lead their possession may not have deserved. Aodh Ruadh overall would have been disappointed to be down by a goal at half time.
The second half was a different performance by Naomh Muire and apart from the opening 5 mins, the lads went on to dominate the second half adding a further 6 points with Aodh Ruadh managing only a single score late on.
It's great to get to another Intermediate Championship final and that will be against the impressive St Nauls who beat Naomh Columba well last night. The prize is not only a county title at this level but Senior Championship football in 2014. St Naul's are a physically strong team led by Stephen Griffen. Naomh Muire will have to play the full hour in the final and a slow start like today will be punished without doubt. If the lads however can repeat the purple patch of today's match which was the last 20 mins of the second half and ensure that it is carried over the full game, they can topple St Naul's. In a way its good to come out of a Semi with plenty of work to do and things to improve and with time now to do that. No doubt Danny and the backroom team will get the lads down to serious preparation over the coming weeks and to be an hour away from Senior Championship football in 2014 requires little motivation.
Well done to Team and Management and again to a good support. The victory in a Semi-final is what matters and the team especially this years Minors involved dedicated the win to young Conor Boyle, their mate, who is critical in Hospital in the UK.
Team - Bryan Grant, Robbie O'Donnell, Brian Gillespie, Thomas Duffy, Sean Point Gallagher (0-01), Adi O Gara, Jack O'Brien, Owenie McGarvey, Paul Yank Boyle (1-01), Dara White, Padraig Mc Cafferty (0-01), Patrick Gillespie (0-01),Shaun Yank Boyle (0-03) Ciaran McGinley (0-01) Hugh Yank Boyle (0-1).
Subs used - Harry Harden (0-2), John Pidgeon, Shaun Boyle, Owen Grant.
Beidh an foireann sinsearach ag imirt in éadan Aodh Ruadh, Béal Átha Seanaidh an Domhnach (08/09/13) seo i mBéalach Féich. Ádh mór ar an fhoireann bainistíocht agus na gasúraí uilig.
Intermediate Championship Semi Final
Naomh Muire v Aodh Ruadh @ 3:00
The other semi final between Naomh Naille and Naomh Columba is being played in Fintra this evening.
The Intermediate championship semi final between Naomh Muire and Aodh Ruadh has been fixed for 3pm on Sunday 8th September in MacCumhaill park.
The Intermediate championship playoff games have been fixed for this Saturday evening in O' Donnell Park, Letterkenney.
Reserves: Naomh Muire v Fanad Gaels @ 6:00pm
Seniors: Naomh Muire v Fanad Gaels @ 7:30pm
There has been a change in time for the Intermediate championship matches this weekend. Due to the fact that the graveyard mass will be held on Sunday and the Donegal game is to be played on Saturday, the championship games will now have the following throw-in times:
Sunday 28th July Fanad Gaels v Naomh Muire
Reserve @ 6pm
Seniors @ 7:30pm
Played on a lovely sunny afternoon in front of a large crowd Naomh Muire took on Fanad in the first round proper of the Intermediate championship. The home team took the lead in the sixth minute, following some early misses from both teams, with a point from Harry Harden. Points were exchanged them with both teams working hard to win the breaking ball around the middle. In a half where both defences were on top and the scores were hard to come by it was the home side who opened up a two point lead around the midway stage of the half. Indeed Naomh Muire could have been further ahead when Sean 'The Yank' Boyle was in on goal only to see his shot well saved but the Fanad goalkeeper. Fanad were made to work hard for each score as the Naomh Muire defence pressurised them each time they were on the attack. The first half finished level at 5 points a piece and everything still to play for. Fanad hit the front for the first time early in the second half with a close range free from their centre half forward. An intercepted short kick out then gave the visitors an easy score to leave them two ahead once again with the game remaining tight. The home team retained a lot of possession as they worked their kick outs well with Aidi O' Gara getting on a lot of ball at wing half back. Harry Harden once again slotted over the bar to leave the minimum between them. Fanad the had a goal chance themselves but Seán Gallagher produced another excellent save in the Naomh Muire goal to deny them. The resultant 45 was converted to push Fanad two ahead again. The decisive score came midway through the second half when Fanad produced and overlap to fire home the game's first gaol. They soon added another score from play to leave six points in it with 10 minutes left. Fanad added another goal from their midfielder who took the direct route towards goal and fired home an unstoppable shot. Naomh Muire replied with a point to leave the final score, Naomh Muire 0-07 Fanad Gael 2-09
Due to non complience of Regulation 37 of Coiste Chondae Dhún na nGall
2012 the Intermediate and Junior Championship were redrawn
this evening (22nd February) in The Abbey Hotel Donegal Town.
The revised draw is as follows:
1. Naomh Colmcille v Fanad Gaels
2. Naomh Naille v Carndonagh
3. Naomh Columba v Naomh Bríd
Naomh Muire v Naomh Colmcille/Fanad Gaels
Naomh Pádraig Leifear v Naomh Naille/Carndonagh
Downings v Naomh Columba/Naomh Bríd
Aodh Ruadh v Buncrana