The quarter-finalists for the 2018 Claregalway Hotel intermediate football championship are now known after the group stages concluded.
Oranmore/Maree, An Spideal, Dunmore MacHales and Oileain Arann finished top of their respective groups and will be joined by Menlough, Micheal Breathnach, Clifden and Headford.
The quarter-finals will take place on the weekend of 22nd/23rd September with a double header in Pearse Stadium on the Saturday. An Spideal meet Menlough at 3pm and that will be followed by Oranmore/Maree against Micheal Breathnach at 4.45pm.
Oileain Arann and Clifden were also paired together and they’ll meet on the Sunday in Ros Muc (2pm). And Dunmore MacHales will battle for the semi-final spot against Headford the same day in Tuam Stadium (4.15pm).
The four bottom teams who advance to the relegation play-offs were Glenamaddy, St. Brendan’s, Athenry and Carna-Caiseal. And with three teams being demoted to the junior ranks, they’ll be joined by the losers of two further play-offs to determine two groups of three teams.
As the third placed teams from the round-robin stage have to play-off to ensure their safety in 2019, two more fixtures are set for the weekend of 22nd/23rd September.
2017 junior A champions St. Gabriel’s will take on Williamstown on Saturday in Barnaderg (3.15pm). And on Sunday, it’s the meeting of Oughterard and Kilkerrin/Clonberne in Corofin (2.45pm).
Group 1: Oranmore/Maree needed something from their clash with Menlough and took top spot in Kenny Park with a 2-11 to 2-5 victory thanks two Jonathan Kelleher goals. It rendered the other game meaningless as Williamstown defeated Glenamaddy in Tuam Stadium by 1-14 to 1-6.
Oranmore/Maree 2-11 Menlough 2-5
Williamstown 1-14 Glenamaddy 1-6
Group 2: An Spideal needed a result to advance and were much better than St. Brendan’s in Corofin as Criostoir O Marta and Liam O Conghaile helped them to a 2-16 to 0-8 win. And they were joined by Micheal Breathnach who secured a must-win 1-8 to 0-10 success over Oughterard in Pearse Stadium.
An Spideal 2-16 St. Brendan’s 0-8
Micheal Breathnach 1-8 Oughterard 0-10
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Group 3: Dunmore MacHales secured top spot in An Spideal when they beat Clifden 1-11 to 1-10 with Padraig Costello finding the net. It was also enough for Clifden as they had superior scoring difference over Kilkerrin/Clonberne despite the latter’s 3-14 to 2-8 win over Athenry in Tuam Stadium.
Dunmore MacHales 1-11 Clifden 1-10
Kilkerrin/Clonberne 3-14 Athenry 2-8
Group 4: Oileain Arann finished on maximum points as goals from Eoghan Poil and Mairtin O Goill gave them a 2-14 to 1-8 victory over St. Gabriel’s in An Spideal. And they were joined by Headford who were comprehensive 5-17 to 2-3 winners over Carna-Caiseal in Clonbur.
Headford 5-17 Carna-Caiseal 2-3
Oileain Arann 2-14 St. Gabriel’s 1-8
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Intermediate Football Championship Fixtures
An Spideal vs Menlough (Saturday, 22nd September – 3pm Pearse Stadium)
Oranmore/Maree vs Micheal Breathnach (Saturday, 22nd September – 4.45pm Pearse Stadium)
Oileain Arann vs Clifden (Sunday, 23rd September – 3pm Ros Muc)
Dunmore MacHales vs Headford (Sunday, 23rd September – 4.15pm Tuam Stadium)
St. Gabriel’s vs Williamstown (Saturday, 22nd September – 3.15pm Barnaderg)
Oughterard vd Kilkerrin/Clonberne (Sunday, 23rd September – 2.45pm Corofin)