Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League Semi-Final
Carrickmacross v Toome, Sunday, 2.00, Carrickmacross
Carrickmacross and Toome battle it out on Sunday for the right to face Inniskeen in the IFL Final.
Carrickmacross won the IFC and after being pipped in their Ulster Club quarter-final against Moy last weekend, they now return their attentions to their domestic double bid. Carrick also topped the league table, with a brace of wins over Toome along the way, while the latter finished fourth. It has already been a good year for 2016 JFL winners Toome, who won 10 league games along with another three victories en route to the championship semi-finals, where they were edged out by Aughnamullen.
Stephen and Kevin O’Hanlon, Seán Downey, Stephen Gollogly, Aaron Lynch and Gary McEnaney should play key roles for Carrick, while Toome will need big performances from James Wilson, Frank Connolly, Seán McMahon, Jason Murphy and Mattie O’Reilly if they are to make another league final.
Eurotech Junior Football League Semi-Final
Clones v Currin, Sunday, 2.00, Clones
Like last weekend’s JFL semi-final, this Sunday’s is a local derby, with JFC winners Currin making the short trip to Clones.
Currin beat Clones on their way to winning the championship title and they also edged them out in their most recent league meeting, although the St. Tiarnach’s finished the group games strongly to finish second and earn home advantage for this one. Clones will be looking to go one further than their JFC run, while Currin will hope to bounce back from being knocked out of the Ulster Club series by Tattyreagh.
Clones will need Fintan Kelly, James Mealiff, Adrian Alford, Eoin McQuaid and Darragh Holland on form, with Currin depending on Jack McCarron to show the way, with the help of Stephen Smyth, player-manager Dick Clerkin and the McCaffreys.
The team to join Killanny in being relegated from the County Monaghan Credit Unions Senior Football League is set to be decided on Sunday. Donaghmoyne must win in Scotstown on and hope that Magheracloone lose at Monaghan Harps if they are to escape the drop. The other SFL game sees Latton host Castleblayney.
It’s another big weekend of action for Monaghan ladies football clubs. Donaghmoyne bid to retain their Ulster Club SFC title and make it a clean sweep for Monaghan clubs on the provincial scene when they take on St. Macartan’s in Sunday’s final at Emyvale. After back-to-back All-Ireland titles, Donaghmoyne have been without Cathriona McConnell and Amanda Casey, but they should be able to call on the likes of Sharon and Cora Courtney, Niamh Callan, Louise Kerley and Linda Martin as they once again take on the Tyrone champions in a repeat of last year’s final.
Following Ulster Club final wins last Sunday, Corduff and Latton both cross the Irish Sea for All-Ireland quarter-finals. Latton, who added the Ulster IFC title to last year’s JFC via a hard-earned win over Crosserlough, face John Mitchels in Liverpool on Saturday. The O’Rahillys will once again be hoping that the likes of Shauna Coyle, Ailbhe Quinn and Katie Duffy can show them through.
McGovern Park, Ruislip is the venue for Corduff’s JFC clash with London’s Kingdom Kerry Gaels. Having won after extra-time against Cornafean to claim provincial success, Corduff should be spearheaded once more by players such as Laura McEnaney, Eva Woods and Barbara Ward.