Previews (July 7-13)
TG4 Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship Final
Monaghan v Tyrone, Sunday, 3.30, Clones
Monaghan’s ladies footballers will be aiming to retain the Ulster SFC title when they take on last year’s All-Ireland runners-up Tyrone.
Monaghan have cruised into another provincial final with comprehensive wins over Armagh and Down, while Tyrone got a bye to the semi-finals, where they pulled away in extra-time to see off Donegal in a high-scoring game. Monaghan beat Tyrone on their way to winning Ulster last year, but while they were knocked out of the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage, Tyrone reached the final, where they lost heavily to Dublin.
Monaghan have lost Cathriona McConnell from their attack, but they have been scoring heavily in recent games, with Ciara McAnespie, Caoimhe Mohan, Ellen McCarron and Therese McNally to the fore. Amanda Casey is a key player at midfield, as are Sharon Courtney and Aoife McAnespie in defence. Tyrone can call on current All-Stars Gemma Begley, Joline and Cathy Donnelly and Sinéad McLaughlin, as well as Neamh Woods and Maura Kelly.
Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling Championship First Round Replay
Carrickmacross v Clontibret, Tuesday, 7.30, Inniskeen
Carrickmacross and Clontibret must meet again to decide who will take the remaining place in the semi-finals of the SHC.
The sides, who occupy the bottom two places in this year’s Senior Hurling League, couldn’t be separated when they clashed last Sunday at Páirc Grattan and a similarly close game is in prospect on Tuesday evening at the same venue. Cormac Connolly, Brian and Fergal Greenan and Aidan Kerr are central players for Clontibret, while Éanna Mac Suibhne, Jason O’Rourke, Kevin Crawley and Jamie Guinan are crucial to Carrick’s chances.
In the Drumlin Group of Credit Unions Senior Football League on Saturday evening, leaders Ballybay are away to Truagh, while their nearest challengers Clontibret have a home game against the league’s form team Latton. Castleblayney and Scotstown go head-to-head in a dress rehearsal for their upcoming championship clash, while Monaghan Harps have home advantage against Doohamlet.
Carrickmacross will be looking to make it eight wins in a row in the Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League when they travel to Donaghmoyne. Second place will be up for grabs when Currin host Corduff, while Seán McDermotts and Éire Óg have home games against Drumhowan and Tyholland respectively. On Sunday, Aughnamullen welcome Rockcorry to Sarsfield Park.
In Sunday’s games in the Gerry’s Takeaway Junior Football League, table-toppers Cremartin travel to Oram, while there are repeats of last weekend’s championship games between Emyvale and Toome and Aghabog and Killanny. The other game sees Blackhill entertain Killeevan.
The Platinum Tanks Crawley Cup semi-finals take place on Friday, with Clontibret playing Blackhill and Scotstown and Truagh clashing in a local derby. The O’Duffy Cup semis go ahead next Wednesday, when defending champions Castleblayney are away to Latton, while Truagh take on Magheracloone. The Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Divisions Three and Four continue this weekend, while the McQuillan Staircases Under-21 Football Leagues continue on Monday.