KILCONLY’S Daniel Concanon (8) and Teddy Kerrigan (23) in action against Cillian Ó Conghaile of Oileáin Árann in their recent Galway Intermediate Football Championship semi-final at Pearse Stadium. PHOTO: NIALL MORAN

Cotter Cup showdown

Kilconly lose one to win one, or Monivea-Abbey to bounce back?

THOUGH this season's Peter Curran Electrical-sponsored Galway Intermediate Football Championship has done exactly what it said on the tin with another intense, closely fought and competitive renewal, when it came to picking probable finalists, it's fair to say that both Monivea-Abbey and Kilconly would have featured on most shortlists.

Tuam Stadium will host their all-North Galway decider with referee Christopher Ryan from Killannin the man in the middle for Saturday afternoon's 2.30pm throw-in.

Both teams have qualified on merit after topping their respective groups and navigating their way past some stern challengers in the knockout stages.

Kilconly will hope the ‘you have to lose one to win one’ theory will repeat itself and they can follow in Dunmore’s footsteps who did exactly that after falling to Naomh Anna Leitir Móir. The MacHales were deserved winners of a dour error-strewn final 12 months that only ignited with Kilconly's late, ill-fated goal.

Sooner or later a team coming down from the Senior Football Championship will snap a recent pattern and bounce straight back. Monivea-Abbey are one hour away from bucking that particular trend…

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