AGHADRUMSEE forward Eddie Courtney accepts that his side face a massive task on Saturday in Tempo (6pm) when they take on favourites Enniskillen in the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship - but said they will be doing everything in their power to progress through to the decider.

The Magpies performed well in the early league games in Division Two and took that form into their win over Division One side Devenish in the quarter-finals. However, Courtney believes that Enniskillen will be another step up again.

He said: “Maybe we drew the short straw in getting the Gaels because everybody would have wanted to avoid them, but if you want to go on and win the competition you are going to have to beat them at some stage.

“We know that Devenish weren’t at full tilt, so we are not going to get carried away, and Enniskillen will pose a completely different threat because they have so much all over the field.

“They will have their eyes on the prize, but we will be going to give it a good rattle,” he added.

Courtney feels that the St. Macartan’s will have no pressure on them, with the expectation all on Enniskillen’s shoulders.

“The Intermediate Championship is strange because the biggest relief is that, with the win over Devenish, we don’t have to worry about dropping down to Junior.

“Really, there is no pressure on us now - all the pressure will be on the Gaels, but I’m sure they will be able to deal with that.”

The Magpies sharpshooter says that they will want to make sure that the game does not get away from them, and hopes that they are in the same position as they were against Devenish coming into the closing stages.

“We were cautious in the first half against Devenish. Maybe it was a bit of nerves, but at the same time we never let the game get away from us, and that was the idea all along, to stick with them and see where we would be coming down the home stretch.

“I think with ten minutes to go we nudged one in front, and that’s exactly where we wanted to be.

“We have to make sure that we stay in this game on Saturday as well,” he said.

Enniskillen advanced to the last four with victory over Irvinestown with captain Richard O’Callaghan a key figure at full forward.

O’Callaghan is anticipating a big test from Aghadrumsee, despite them playing in a lower division.

“They have been going well in Division Two and as we know ourselves, it is a competitive division, and we know from our time in the division just how competitive they are as a team.

“You only have to look to the last round. They were up against an established Division One team and a seasoned championship team in Devenish, and they beat them pretty well in the end,” said O’Callaghan.

The Gaels were comfortable winners in the end against Irvinestown but they did endure a blip for a spell at the end of the first half that saw Irvinestown hit 2-03 without reply.

O’Callaghan knows they can’t afford for that to happen again.

“We have looked at it and it is something that we can’t afford to let happen again. Aghadrumsee can punish you if you step off the gas at all, and we might not be so lucky to get back in this time if it happen again,” he said.

The Fermanagh player is enjoying being the senior figure in what is on the whole a very youthful squad.

“It is a great group of lads. The commitment and attitude is really good, and numbers at training has been very good.

“They have a brilliant attitude and to have such a good group coming through together can be only good for the club,” he concluded.