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Previews (December 2-3)

December 2nd, 2017

LGFA All-Ireland Club JFC Final

Corduff v Aghada, Saturday, 2.00, Crettyard


Corduff ladies contest the All-Ireland Club JFC Final against Cork and Munster junior champions Aghada in Crettyard, Co Laois on Saturday at 2pm.

Corduff battled past Dublin side Cuala last time out after also edging out Cornafean from Cavan after extra-time in the Ulster decider, while Aghada proved too strong for Tuam-Cortoon (Galway) in their All-Ireland semi-final. Corduff will be looking for big performances from the likes of Laura and Elena McEnaney, Barbara Ward, Eva Woods and Louise and Emma Byrne. They take on an Aghada side backboned by Cork seniors Emma Farmer, Róisín Phelan and Hannah Looney, with Amanda Bennett and Aileen McGrath other regular contributors.

Corduff will be the first Monaghan club to appear in this final since Emyvale lost after a replay in 2006 and the Gaels will bid to become the first to take this title to Monaghan since Tyholland in 2002.


Corduff: Sinéad Loughlin; Naomi Cogan, Ciara McEnaney, Sarah McEnaney; Hannah Finnegan, Kate Brennan, Colleen Callan; Barbara Ward, Eva Woods; Louise Byrne, Emma Conlon, Emma Byrne; Elena McEnaney, Laura McEnaney (Capt.), Sinéad Clarke-McEnaney.


Aghada: Sarah Walsh; Cassie Tynan, Sorcha Phelan, Bridget Wall; Clare Walsh, Róisín Phelan, Katie O’Farrell; Sinéad O’Driscoll, Sarah Leahy; Lauren McAllister, Emma Farmer (Capt.), Hannah Looney; Amanda Bennett, Aileen McGrath, Christine Moran.


Ulster Club Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final

Killanny v O’Donovan Rossa, Sunday, 2.45, Woodlands, Belfast


Sunday sees Killanny enter the St. Paul’s Ulster Club Minor Football Championship for the first time when they take on locals O’Donovan Rossa at the Woodlands 3G pitch in Belfast.

Killanny impressed in seeing off neighbours Carrickmacross in an entertaining MFC Final, via big performances from midfielder and county minor Dean Connolly, forwards Eddie Walsh and Conor Grimes and goalkeeper Kian Duffy, who performed heroics to keep a clean sheet in Clones.

O’Donovan Rossa dominated up through the age grades in Antrim and while they fell short in the minor league, they claimed the championship title by beating Aghagallon in the final. Eoghan McMenamin, Jack Morris, Michael Close, Dominic McEnhill and keeper Michael Byrne should be among the main men for Rossa.


Ulster Schools’ action this week includes St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan putting their Danske Bank MacRory Cup hopes on the line against St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon in Saturday’s play-off at Emyvale.


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