Monaghan’s minor footballers continue their defence of the Ulster MFL Jim McGuigan Cup with their rescheduled trip to Antrim on Saturday.
Having lost by a point against Derry in round one, Monaghan have moved into contention in Section A after back-to-back wins over Armagh and Down. Antrim, meanwhile, have yet to earn their first points of the campaign. Monaghan can call on the likes of Jason Irwin, Karl Gallagher, Shane Hanratty, Darragh Dempsey, Eoin Duffy and Liam McDonald from last year’s Ulster-winning panel.
The round-four U-16 Buncrana Cup game is also against Antrim at their Centre of Excellence at Dunsilly, with a 2pm throw-in. Monaghan are bidding to build on last weekend’s win over Down against an Antrim team unbeaten to date.
On the club scene, the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Leagues continue over the weekend.
Inniskeen and Castleblayney will both be looking to build on opening-round wins in the Shoe City Senior Football League when they meet under lights at Páirc Grattan on Saturday. The rest of the games are on Sunday, including a repeat of last year’s county final between Scotstown and Ballybay. Clontibret make the short trip to Doohamlet, while newly-promoted Currin are away to Owen Ward Cup holders Truagh and Carrickmacross have home advantage against Latton.
Sunday’s Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League fixtures include local derbies between Corduff and Killanny and Tyholland and Monaghan Harps. Newly-promoted sides Cremartin and Emyvale host Magheracloone and Aughnamullen, respectively, while Donaghmoyne face Seán McDermotts.
Sunday’s Eurotech Junior Football League fixtures are Aghabog v Blackhill; Clones v Drumhowan; Éire Óg v Toome; Oram v Killeevan; and Scotstown v Rockcorry.
The U-17 Football Leagues continue on Tuesday, with the Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling League second round taking place on Thursday. All-Ireland Club JHC finalists Castleblayney host Carrickmacross, while Truagh face Inniskeen and Clontibret travel to Louth to play Mattock Rangers.