AIB Ulster Club Junior Hurling Championship Final
Castleblayney v Cushendun, Sunday, 1.00, Armagh
This Sunday sees Castleblayney hurlers bid to win their third Ulster Club JHC Final when they take on Cushendun at the Athletic Grounds.
Two-time provincial JHC winners Castleblayney retained the Monaghan SHC and SHL titles in convincing style this year, crushing Inniskeen in the championship final. They have also enjoyed a good provincial campaign so far by knocking out Donegal champions Burt and Down side Clonduff. Cushendun powered to a first Antrim JHC title for 55 years and the Robert Emmets have since seen off Na Magha (Derry) and Seán Treacys (Armagh).
Blayney’s hugely experienced team contains the likes of Mark and Peter Treanor, Fergal Rafter, Brian McGuigan, Brian Flanagan and Patrick Finnegan, while Conor McHugh, Conleth McNeill, David Kilgore, James Morgan and Rory McQuillan should be to the fore for Cushendun.
Monaghan Electrical Intermediate Football League Final
Donaghmoyne v Doohamlet, Saturday, 6.00, Inniskeen
Donaghmoyne and Doohamlet contest the IFL Final at Páirc Grattan on Saturday evening.
Doohamlet are bidding to win their second Intermediate double since 2015 and they are also hoping to bounce back quickly after exiting the Ulster IFC by losing to St. Enda’s last Sunday. Meanwhile, promotion is on the line for Donaghmoyne, who are aiming for a quick return to senior after losing to Sunday’s opponents in the championship semi-finals. Donaghmoyne have won three of the teams’ four meetings so far this year, but Doohamlet landed a knock-out blow after extra-time in Castleblayney last month. Table-toppers Doohamlet edged past Aughnamullen in their IFL semi, while Donaghmoyne battled past Currin.
Both teams have had injury issues, with Colin Walshe a big miss for Doohamlet last time out, while Donaghmoyne have had to do without players like David Garland and Aaron Courtney. Barry McBennett, Barry McGinn and Jamie Walshe should be to the fore for Doohamlet, with Pádraig Donaghy, Stephen Finnegan, Darren McElroy and Shane Garland central to Donaghmoyne’s chances.
Shoe City Senior Football League Semi-Final
Scotstown v Truagh, Sunday, 2.00, Scotstown
The second SFL semi-final is a north-Monaghan derby between Scotstown and Truagh on Sunday.
Scotstown haven’t won the SFL since completing a three-in-a-row in 2015, but they are now chasing a double after claiming a fourth consecutive SFC title last month. Scotstown, who lost in the league final last year, are also competing on the Ulster Club front, where they have a semi-final against Eoghan Rua, Coleraine next Sunday. 2015 runners-up Truagh haven’t won this title since 1975, but they finished strongly to claim third place, just two points behind their near-neighbours.
Rory Beggan, Dónal Morgan, Darren and Kieran Hughes, Conor McCarthy and Shane Carey could feature for Scotstown, while Truagh will need big performances from the likes of Paudie and Christopher McKenna, Adam Treanor and Oran McElligott.
Sunday’s Mallon’s Foods U-17 Football League Finals include a double-header in Emyvale: Latton v Monaghan Harps in Division One and Clontibret v Truagh in Division Three. Carrickmacross face Killanny in the Division One Shield, while the Division Three Shield is between St. Tiarnach Sarsfields and Seán McDermotts.