Cllanna Gael Fontenoy celebrating their Dublin intermediate championship final success. Picture: Peter Hickey/GAAPics.com

DESPITE the anticipation, Clanna Gael Fontenoy are thinking in terms of wider benefits for the club ahead of the Leinster Intermediate Football Final, recently rescheduled to October 30.
The Ringsend club have had a dramatic run to the provincial final, winning the Dublin county intermediate final in the dying seconds before scoring a late goal to take the quarter final and needing extra time to win the semi.
Club secretary Pat Kane is thinking of the longer game, however. “It’s been interesting to say the least,” Kane said of the run.
“Obviously it’s captured the imagination of the club. We’ve shown our strength in coming from behind several times along the way. It went to the wire in the county final and we were behind for most of the second half in the Leinster quarter final before a late goal. We dominated extra time in the semi, but obviously it could have gone either way before that.
“Thinking longer term, though, the move to the seniors next year is probably more important. We’re developing as a club, and we probably didn’t expect to be where we are now, so we’ll take each game as it comes.
“Playing regularly in the seniors is essential, which means the league is also very important to us. Playing against sides like Foxrock Cabinteely, Ballyboden St Enda’s and St Brigid’s – who are full of county level players – week in, week out is going to hugely improve us as a team.”
At the time of writing, Clanna Gael are waiting on the decision of an appeal in the other semi-final to learn exactly who their opponents come October 30 and are slightly wary of the opportunity this gives both of their prospective opponents.
“We play Clontarf – the same team we beat in the intermediate final – this week,” Kane explained. “We’ve been careful not to advertise that one too much, but anyone who’s got their head screwed on and wants to learn about us will obviously know we’re playing and they have the chance to check us out.
“One difficulty with championship football is the sides from other counties can be unknown quantities.
“We’ve been able to pick up a little bit through word of mouth so far, but we didn’t get a look at [semi-final opponents] Killoe before we actually played them. We did have that chance before the quarter final.
“But we’ve made ourselves very difficult to beat, and this is all a bonus. In the long term, we really need to be in division one. If we don’t achieve that this year, it’ll certainly be top of the list of next year’s priorities.
“We’re probably not at senior one level yet, if we’re honest with ourselves. But we’re getting there.”