INTERMEDIATE AND JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES TO BE WON

8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The McElvaney Waste and Recycling Intermediate and Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship titles are up for grabs in a busy weekend of county finals. by COLM SHALVEY

First up is the Universal Graphics Junior Football Championship Final Replay between Blackhill and Rockcorry in Clontibret on Saturday. These teams played out the fourth drawn JFC Final since 2006 on the last Sunday in September and both will hope to find that bit extra to get over the line this time.

Despite playing the last 25 minutes of the drawn game with 14 men, Blackhill may feel they left it behind them after failing to take some golden chances and eventually letting a winning position slip away in the closing stages. Rockcorry, meanwhile, know they must up their game from the last day out, but they also know they are capable of playing much better.

Blackhill will hope to get the likes of Michael Geehan more involved and they will hope that Darren Woods can be involved, with Philip Donnelly another option to play some part. David Lennon will have been happy with his side’s defence, which was led by Ryan and Dónal Courtney as they conceded just three points from play, but they will need to see a significant reduction in the amount of scoreable frees they give away.

It was left to the free-taking of Mark McGuirk and Fergal McGeough to keep Rock in it and they will hope to get that duo more involved, along with fellow full-forward Lorcan Smyth, midfielder Mark Daly and Noel Carroll, who kicked a late equalising point but was unable to….

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