Our intermediate hurlers kicked off their championship with a good win over newly promoted Crossabeg/Ballymurn in Farmleigh on Saturday evening. We started well and led at halftime by 1-8 to 2-3 with Peter Mernagh scoring a fantastic goal and Bertie Gahan also to the fore with 3 fine points and really we should have been further ahead as we missed some gilt edge scoring opportunities. Facing the wind in the second half we started brightly and stretched the lead to 4 points after 45 minutes but Crossabeg goaled from a free and immediately levelled from another placed ball during their period of dominance. Our lads dug deep and scored two fine points to forge ahead again and despite a virtual onslaught for the final 3 minutes we defended heroically to fashion a crucial win in what promises to be a very difficult championship group. Liam Gahan, Mick Sweeney and Brian O’Loughlin defended well while Shane Kehoe and Damien Fenlon had the better of the midfield battle. Up front,Mernagh and Niall O’Loughlin were dangerous throughout. Team; Sean Murphy, Liam Gahan, Brian O’Loughlin, Ray O’Brien, Niall O’Reilly, Steven Murphy(capt), Mick Sweeney, Shane Kehoe, Damien Fenlon(0-1), Colm O’Loughlin(0-1), Matty Dunne(0-1), Tommy Breen(0-1), Peter Mernagh(1-5,5frees), Niall O’Loughlin(0-1), Bertie Gahan(0-3).