AIB Ulster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Castleblayney v Clonduff, Sunday, 12.30, Crossmaglen
This Sunday sees Castleblayney hurlers bid to qualify for their third Ulster Club JHC Final.
Two-time provincial JHC winners Castleblayney retained the Monaghan SHC and SHL titles in convincing style this year, crushing Inniskeen in the championship final, and they began their provincial campaign by knocking out Donegal champions Burt. Clonduff edged Newry Shamrocks to win the Down JHC Final and they proved too strong for Naomh Colmcille from Tyrone last time out.
Blayney’s hugely experienced team contains the likes of Mark and Peter Treanor, Fergal Rafter, Brian McGuigan, Brian Flanagan and Patrick Finnegan, while Christopher Young, Seán Downey, Shay Murnin and Niall Quinn should be to the fore for Clonduff.
Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League Semi-Final
Doohamlet v Aughnamullen, Sunday, 2.30, Doohamlet
The second IFC semi-final take places on Sunday, with championship winners Doohamlet hosting Aughnamullen.
Doohamlet, who won their fourth IFC title since 2010 last week, finished top of the IFL table, while Aughnamullen claimed the last place in the semi-finals. Aughnamullen saw their IFC campaign ended by Doohamlet in Round 2B, while the sides’ league meetings produced two one-point games and one win apiece.
Colin and Jamie Walshe, Barry and Hugh McGinn and Barry McBennett among the main men for Doohamlet, while Aughnamullen will need big performances from Micheál Bannigan, Pete and Sam Dooney and Kevin Sheridan. The winners will play Donaghmoyne in the final.
Eurotech Junior Football League Cup Semi-Final
Clones v Emyvale, Sunday, 2.30, Clones
Emyvale and Clones contest the second JFL Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Emyvale won the JFC title and already have two wins to their name in the Ulster Club series, while Clones are seeking to atone for losing to Cremartin in the championship semi-finals. Clones finished joint-top of the JFL Cup section, while Emyvale ended up fourth post-split. Clones won the first meeting of these teams this year, but Emyvale won the last two, including a cracking JFC first-round game.
Emyvale will be looking to Ryan McAnespie, Daniel McMahon, David and Robbie McAlister, Garreth McQuaid, Colin Hughes and Gregory Devlin to lead the way, with Clones depending on Fintan Kelly, Darren Freeman, James Mealiff, Adrian Alford, Eoin McQuaid and Cameron Dowd. Cremartin await the winners in the final.
The final round of the Shoe City Senior Football League takes place this weekend. Castleblayney can complete the semi-final line-up if they take at least a draw from their home game against Clontibret on Friday night. A defeat for Blayney would give Latton the chance of finishing fourth if they can beat Truagh on Sunday. Clontibret, meanwhile, can secure their senior status with a win, as can Inniskeen if they can defeat Scotstown on Friday. Magheracloone, who are currently in ninth place, make the short journey to table-toppers Carrickmacross on Sunday, when the other game is between Ballybay and Monaghan Harps.
Sunday’s Mallon’s Foods U-17 Football League games feature the Division Two Cup Final between Aughnamullen and St. Patrick’s in Blackhill. There is also a Division Three Cup semi-final (Truagh v Cremartin) and a play-off between St. Tiarnach Sarsfields and Tyholland, as well as two final-round group games in Division One.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Truagh and Carrickmacross battle it out for a place in the U-17 Hurling Championship Final