The draw for the quarter finals of the 2017 Louth GAA football championships were held at The Grove in Castlebellingham this evening – and Hunterstown Rovers will face Clan na Gael next month for a place in the last four of the Intermediate Championship.
Ardee St Marys – should they get that far – will face Geraldines, while local representatives in the Junior Championship Westerns and Sean McDermotts will play Lann Leire and Roche Emmets in the second weekend of August.
Jim Mathews’ Hunterstown side won both their games in Group 4 of the Intermediate grade and will now have to navigate the challenge of the men from Dundalk as they bid to match last year’s semi-final appearance. The two sides are familiar foes at this stage and rivalries are set to be renewed once again. The Clans needed a replay to beat Rovers in last year’s Intermediate Championship semi-final and two years ago, they also needed a replay to beat Hunterstown in the league promotion/relegation playoff.
The side from Pairc Baile Fiach are having a strong season this time around though and may be reasonably confident of getting one over on the Clans, even without key men like Ryan Burns and Muiris O’Suilleabhain.
If Ardee St Marys can get past St Josephs in a unique playoff match – the two teams finished level on all counts in Group 1 of the Senior Championship – they will play the Geraldines. The Marys edged their previous meeting in the league this season 0-13 to 1-08 at Pairc Mhuire. Alan Kirk hit 0-04 and Darren Clarke notched 0-03 in a close run thing.
In the Junior Championship, Westerns’ reward for winning all three of their Group 4 matches is a last eight tie with Lann Leire. The Reaghstown outfit lost out narrowly to Lann Leire in Dunleer back in May in the Division 3 league.
Having finished second in Group 4 by virtue of a superior points difference over Wolfe Tones and John Mitchels, the Seans were always going to get a fearsome looking draw. Their options were Glyde Rangers, Glen Emmets and Roche Emmets – the three outright favourites for the Championship. They were paired with the men from Dundalk at tonight’s draw.
In 2016, both Westerns and the Seans reached the last eight of the Junior Chmpionship – were they drew eachother. The Seans prevailed courtesy of a 2-12 to 1-05 win in Darver. The Glen Emmets easily accounted for them in the semis, winning 0-19 to 1-03.
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