It was a bad weekend all round, as three of our teams saw their championship seasons go up in smoke. Even worse, our senior hurlers are now facing into a relegation play-off with Cloughbawn, instead of the place in the quarter-finals that we'd hoped for.
The first team to go down was the U-14 footballers, who took on St. Mary's (Maudlintown) in their championship semi-final in Bree on Saturday. The Ferns lads had a good lead at the break, but faced into a strong wind in the second half and saw the town team overturn that lead. They eventually went down by two points: 2-8 to 2-6.
Later in Bree, our junior hurlers took on Gusserane in their quarter-final, and unfortunately also came up short. Gusserane were in command throughout this game, as they led by seven at the break, maintained a healthy lead for most of the second half, and then killed the game off with two goals in quick succession with about ten minutes to go.
Our seniors faced Oulart/The Ballagh in Bellefield on Sunday with their championship season on the line, and a surprise result seemed possible when we really put it up to them in the first half and went in level at the break. However, Oulart/The Ballagh turned in a much stronger performance in the second half, and eventually won by ten points (3-14 to 1-10).
Worse than that though was that a combination of other results condemned Ferns to finishing bottom of the table, instead of in the safety of fifth place, and so we will now have to face Cloughbawn with our senior status on the line. The game is likely to be played the weekend after next....and it will be REAL crunch time. Let's hope we can pull this one off.