Going out on a limb here, Demosport is tipping St Mochta’s to continue their monumental rise and storm their way to Senior Championship football, just two years after climbing out of the junior ranks.
Last year, the Louth Village team were desperately unlucky as they left their fightback too late against the Dundalk Young Irelands. We all know what happened next as the Irelands (see picture) lifted the title, beating the O’Raghallaigh’s in the final.
The Drogheda side though are not to be dismissed as they are currently unbeaten in the league and have gained promotion to Division One but that trophy won’t be enough as Colin Kelly’s men will see it as an appetiser to the main course, the Championship.
Stopping Kelly and co is going to take some effort, but if it can be done, I see either the Mochta’s or Geraldines doing it. If the Gers top the group with the Mochta’s then they could face O’Raghallaigh’s in the semi-final, meaning the final would be a repeat of the Group Two game between the Mochta’s and Gers, which I fancy the Mochta’s winning.
Of course, the Intermediate Championship is an absolute wildcard. Look at last year when the Irelands defied all the odds and lifted the Seamus Flood Cup.
There’s the usual contenders of course, such as Clan na Gael, O’Connell’s, Na Piarsaigh and O’Mahony’s, who have all failed to deceive on previous occasions.
The Clans have superb young players in their ranks, but in previous years, it’s their old guard that have continually let them down. O’Connell’s fluffed their chances at a final appearance last year when they let the O’Raghallaigh’s snatch a win at the death in the semi-final. Decimated with injuries this year, it could be a bad year for the Bellingham side.
The O’Mahony’s, in their second season back at Intermediate level could shake up proceedings if they get into the knock-out stages as the Point Road side perform best under pressure.
A dark horse waiting in the wings could be St Joseph’s, who have come on leaps and bounds since dropping down to Division Two this year.
If they look at what the Irelands did last year, they could replicate that model and make a proper go at this Championship.
However, with the way the draw is set up, Demosport is predicting that St Mochta’s can continue their surging run and book a spot in the Senior Championship in 2012.