Belcoo and Maguiresbridge will go head to head on Sunday at Brewster Park (1.45pm) with a place in the Intermediate Championship final the prize for the winners.

Belcoo edged out Lisnaskea in the quarter final but experienced full back Niall Leonard knows his side did not perform anywhere near their top level that day.

“We had an idea that Lisnaskea may have set up like they did but definitely didn’t play anywhere near to our potential. But we got over the line and at the end of the day championship games are about winning.

“But the response has been good. There has been a good buzz in the camp, plenty of competition for places which can only be a good thing.

The O’Rahilly’s are aiming for a place in their third final in four years but knows Maguiresbridge are huge challenge to overcome.

“You would hope that these experiences would be beneficial, however, once the ball is thrown in it is just another game and the Bridge won’t be fearful of us because we played in last year’s decider. It really boils down to which team turns up and performs on the day.

“All our games against them in last few years have been very nip and tuck with little between us. They seem to have a nice blend of youth and experience in their team. They put up a big score v St Pats and in Ciaran Corrigan they have one of the best players in the county in my opinion.

“Obviously, we will have to nullify his influence as best we can. They are not a one-man team by any stretch of the imagination, and they have plenty of experience in the Teagues and Niall Carson while young Luca McCusker is also going to take a bit of watching.”

With the Bridge racking up a big score against Donagh, Leonard knows Belcoo will have to be on top of their game come Sunday.

“Overall, we definitely have to bring our game up another level collectively as we know a repeat of our Lisnaskea performance won’t be good,” he added.

Last year’s Junior champions Maguiresbridge come into the game on the back of a good performance in seeing off St. Pat’s and county man Ciaran Corrigan says that they are looking forward to the semi-final.

“We’ve had a good week of training last week and at this stage we are now looking forward to getting out on Brewster Park and looking to try and produce a performance,” he said.

And he feels that the pressure is somewhat off now that they don’t have to worry about dropping back into Junior.

“Getting over the first round and away from the relegation game and keeping our intermediate status for next year was massive for us.

“Those relegation games are really hard to get out of. A couple of years ago we drew with Belnaleck who went on to win the Intermediate and we ended up relegated to Junior.

“We built up good momentum last year when winning the Junior and hopefully we can have another good run this year,” he commented.

He knows though that they face a tough test against the O’Rahillys.

“Belcoo won it three years ago and were in the final last year and they will be looking to get back up to senior so it will be a big battle.”

However, he feels that if they can replicate the display of the second half against St. Pat’s then they will give themselves every chance of winning.

“We played well for a period in the second half although it was a help to have had an extra man.

“We know we have loads to work on this week but if we can perform like we did in the second half against St. Pat’s we will have a chance against anyone,” he said.