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Previews (November 17-18)

November 17th, 2018

AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

Scotstown v Eoghan Rua, Coleraine, Sunday, 1.30, Omagh


A place in a first Ulster SFC Final since 2015 is up for grabs for Scotstown when they take on Eoghan Rua, Coleraine as part of this Sunday’s double-header at Healy Park.

Having held off the challenge of Ballybay to win a fourth consecutive Monaghan SFC title, Scotstown ended their three-year wait for progress on the provincial scene by knocking out Derrygonnelly (Fermanagh) and they held off a strong comeback from Burren to oust the Down champions at the quarter-final stage.

Standing in their way on Sunday will be an Eoghan Rua side confident after turning over Derry and provincial holders Slaughtneil en route to a first county title in eight years. The Coleraine men saw off first-time Cavan champions Castlerahan last time out.

Scotstown have plenty of experience in the likes of Darren and Kieran Hughes, Rory Beggan, Conor McCarthy and Shane Carey, while Colm, Seán Leo and Barry McGoldrick, Niall Holly, Ciarán Mullan and Gavin McWilliams are among the main men for Eoghan Rua, who have yet to concede a goal in their six SFC games.


Shoe City Senior Football League Final

Carrickmacross v Truagh, Sunday, 2.00, Castleblayney


The SFL Final is down for decision in Castleblayney on Sunday.

Carrickmacross are hoping to end a decade-long wait for their second SFL title, a year after winning the Intermediate double. The Emmets were the league’s front-runners from early on after a stunning start and after winning their semi-final against Latton, they are now chasing more silverware. Truagh are aiming to win the Owen Ward Cup for the first time since 1975 after a strong finish to the league earned them third place, before they cruised past a much-changed Scotstown side last Sunday. Carrick won both meetings between the teams to date this year.

Truagh will need Paudie and Christopher McKenna, Adam Treanor and Oran McElligott to lead the way, while Carrick will hope to call on Stephen and Peter O’Hanlon, Stephen Gollogly, Aaron Lynch and Seán Downey.


All-Ireland Club Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

Foxrock/Cabinteely v Donaghmoyne, Sunday, 2.00, Bray Emmets


Sunday sees Donaghmoyne travel to Bray for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin side Foxrock-Cabinteely.

This is a repeat of the 2016 final between two of Ladies Football’s leading clubs. Five-time All-Ireland champions Donaghmoyne, who won this title back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, had to go the tough route to regain the Ulster crown, defeating holders St. Macartan’s (Tyrone) and a Glenfin side inspired by Donegal’s AFL recruit Yvonne Bonner.

Donaghmoyne will be looking for big performances from the likes of the Courtney sisters, Niamh Callan and in-form forward Cathriona McConnell. Foxrock-Cabinteely can themselves call on a host of players who have enjoyed All-Ireland success at inter-county level with Dublin. Sinéad Goldrick, Amy Ring and Amy Connolly have been influential, while Róisín McGovern came off the bench to score 2-1 as they saw off Sarsfields (Laois) to claim a fourth consecutive Leinster title.


Donaghmoyne: Linda Martin; Joanne Geoghegan, Fiona Courtney, Lauren Garland; Hazel Kingham, Sharon Courtney, Joanne Courtney; Niamh Callan, Rosemary Courtney; Amy Garland, Louise Kerley, Áine McElroy; Cathriona McConnell, Cora Courtney, Sandra McConnell.

Subs: Annmarie Burns, Niamh Lynch, Arlene Keenan, Aisling Callan, Róisín Finnegan, Karen Hall, Fiona McNally, Rachel McConnell, Eliza Bullock, Eimear Treanor, Sarah Martin, Sarah Burns, Sarah Slevin, Elaine Martin, Aoife Burns


All-Ireland Club Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final

Emmet Óg v Dunedin, Saturday, 1.00, Aghabog


Emmet Óg welcome Dunedin Connollys to Aghabog on Saturday for an All-Ireland IFC semi-final.

A brilliant winning point by Ellen McCarron saw Emmet Óg past Kinawley from Fermanagh in the Ulster final and the Éire Óg/Aghabog side will now be looking to get past their Edinburgh-based opponents to book a place in the final.

McCarron spearheads the Emmet Óg challenge along with Laura Boylan, Marion McCarville, Áine McQuaid and Chloe McBride. Dunedin, who knocked out Kerry’s Na Gaeil at the quarter-final stage, will need big performances from players like Karen Feeney, Miriam Crowley and Caoilfhionn Deeney.


Emmet Óg: Darine Morgan; Rebecca Hughes, Áine McQuaid, Katie Monaghan; Nicole Rooney, Chloe McBride, Maeve Monaghan; Marion McCarville, Ella Daly; Ellen Leonard, Ellen McCarron, Orla Reilly; Fearne Monaghan, Brídín Tierney, Gráinne McCluskey.

Subs: Caoimhe Smyth, Lauren Monaghan, Orla McCaul, Anita Newell, Laura Boylan, Kerry Nolan, Amy McMahon, Laura Hughes, Orla Gleeson, Hannah Hughes, Michaela Newell, Emma McKeown, Niamh Gallagher, Charlotte McMenamin.

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