Castlerahan claim the Senior championship title in 2019. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.

Can Castlerahan make it three in a row?

Senior and Intermediate Championships get underway this weekend

Damien Donohoe

The long awaited championship action is back this weekend and three in a row chasing Castlerahan start their defence of the Oliver Plunkett Cup against Shercock on Saturday evening in Mullagh. With much change to the Castlerahan squad Captain Enda Flanagan is looking forward not back.

“We’ve lots of lads who worked really hard, (in recent years); lots of lads biting to get in there so all we can do is focus on the players we have at the moment and continue on.”

Flanagan agreed that use of a limited number of players in recent years “didn’t give younger lads and lads who felt they deserved a chance, a chance. They’ll have lots of chances now. Hopefully they can step up to the mark.”

Elsewhere in the Hotel Kilmore Senior championship Gowna will be looking to put a disappointing 2019 behind them when they face last year’s beaten finalists Ramor Utd who are now without the services of Conor Bradley. Due to a bereavement in The Ramor United Club, this game, which was originally fixed for tonight (Friday, July‬ 31), has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 2 at 2pm in Kingspan Breffni.

When Kingscourt meet Lacken on Saturday midfield will be a battle ground with county men Thomas Galligan and Padraig Faulkner likely to go toe to toe. The intermediate championship winners from 2018 and 2019 have been pitted against each other in what looks set to be a very youthful affair, judging by league games. Defeat for either side could make progress to the knock-out stage very difficult.

Cavan Gaels will see Gearoid McKiernan line out in the senior championship on Saturday after his move east. With the return of Robert Maloney Derham from New York expectation are high this year but a young Killygarry side with Conor Smith in top form will be looking to spoil the party.

Finally on Sunday evening Crosserlough without Dara McVeety (in Australia) and the injured Pierce Smith will take on Lavey fresh from a huge win against Drumgoon. Lavey with county men Gerard Smith, Chris Conroy, Paul Gilchrist have shown they’re a championship side who will fancy an upset here.

The clash of the round in the Hotel Kilmore Intermediate championship sees Ballyhaise face Cuchulainns on Sunday. With Kevin Tierney, Padraig Moore back from travels and David Brady injury free Ballyhaise by beating Castlerahan last weekend are many people’s favourite to go all the way.

Last year’s finalists Belturbet have a tricky start against Ramor Utd while two teams that have introduced youth to their teams Drumlane and Butlersbridge should produce an exciting derby. There is very little to split the sides in the remainder of the matches so expect some close battles.

Friday, July 31

Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship 2020

Rd 1 O'Raghallaigh Park 20:15

• Drumgoon V Killinkere

Referee: Ollie Donohoe

Stand By Referee: Tony Gregory

Linesman: Paudge Farrelly

Saturday, August 1

Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship 2020

Rd 1 Rory O'Moore Park 17:00

• Drumlane V Butlersbridge

Referee: Martin Sexton

Stand By Referee: Chris McCaffrey

Linesman: Thomas Doonan

Hotel Kilmore Senior Championship 2020

Rd 1 Lavey GAA Grounds 17:00

• Kingscourt Stars V Lacken

Referee: Pat Clarke

Stand By Referee: Ollie Donohoe

Linesman: Barry Mc Menamin

Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship 2020

Rd 1 Mullahoran 19:30

• Ballymachugh V Cornafean

Referee: Tony Gregory

Stand By Referee: John Power

Linesman: Mattie McGahern

Hotel Kilmore Senior Championship 2020

Rd 1 Kingspan Breffni 19:30

• Killygarry V Cavan Gaels

Referee: Conor Dourneen

Stand By Referee: James Clarke

Linesman: Jason O'Reilly

Edwin Carolan Community Park 19:30

• Castlerahan V Shercock

Referee: Michael Lee

Stand By Referee: Kieran McCarville

Linesman: Raymond Tynan

Sunday, August 2

Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship 2020

Rd 1 Hugh O Reilly Memorial Park 14:00

• Cuchulainns V Ballyhaise

Referee: Kieran McCarville

Stand By Referee: Pat Clarke

Linesman: Paudge Farrelly

Lacken GAA 14:00

• Arva V Ballinagh

Referee: James Clarke

Stand By Referee: Peter Skelly

Linesman: Brendan Sweeney

Hotel Kilmore Senior Championship 2020

Rd 1 Kingspan Breffni 14:00

• Gowna V Ramor United

Referee: Joe McQuillan

Stand By Referee: Padraig Sheridan

Linesman: Packie Smith

Hotel Kilmore Intermediate Championship 2020

Rd 1 Athletic Grounds 17:00

• Killeshandra V Bailieborough

Referee: Padraig Sheridan

Stand By Referee: Brendan Sweeney

Linesman: Martin Cleary

Emmett Park 17:00

• Belturbet V Ramor United

Referee: Chris McCaffrey

Stand By Referee: Harry Conaty

Hotel Kilmore Senior Championship 2020

Rd 1 St. Matthew's Park 17:00

• Mullahoran GFC V Laragh Utd

Referee: Stephen Mc Kiernan

Stand By Referee: Pat Clarke

Linesman: Joe Mc Quillan

Kingspan Breffni 19:30

• Crosserlough V Lavey

Referee: Oliver Óg O Reilly

Stand By Referee: Michael Lee

Linesman: James Clarke

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