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Previews (November 3-4)

November 2nd, 2018

AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

Burren v Scotstown, Sunday, 2.30, Newry


Scotstown contest an Ulster Club SFC quarter-final against Burren in Newry this Sunday.

Having beaten Derrygonnelly for a first provincial SFC win since their run to the 2015 final, four-in-a-row Monaghan champions Scotstown now meet old rivals Burren, who beat them in the 1985 Ulster decider. Burren ended Kilcoo’s seven-in-a-row bid last month’s Down SFC final.

Scotstown have a strong spine, featuring Rory Beggan, Dónal Morgan, Darren and Kieran Hughes and Frank Caulfield, with Conor McCarthy and Shane Carey providing much of the threat up front. Paddy O’Rourke’s Burren will be looking to players like Dónal O’Hare, Cathal Foy, Kevin McKernan, Liam Kerr, Pádraig Poland and Declan Rooney.


AIB Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship Quarter-Final

St. Enda’s v Doohamlet, Sunday, 12.30, Corrigan Park


Doohamlet launch their fourth Ulster IFC campaign since 2010 with a quarter-final against St. Enda’s at Corrigan Park, Belfast.

Doohamlet called on all their experience to recover from a first-round defeat and reclaim the Monaghan IFC title and they now go up against a St. Enda’s side that cruised through to the Antrim decider, where they had five points to spare against Gort Na Móna. The Glengormley side have former Antrim manager Frank Fitzsimmons in charge.

Doohamlet will be relying on Colin and Jamie Walshe, Barry McBennett, Barry McGinn and Paul McArdle to lead the way, while Odhrán Eastwood, Ruairí Scott, Eoin Nagle and Dónal Walsh are among the main men for St. Enda’s.


AIB Ulster Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final

Emyvale v Red Hughs, Sunday, 2.30, Omagh


A place in a third Ulster JFC Final is on offer for Emyvale when they take on Red Hughs in Omagh.

An impressive Monaghan JFC Final victory for Emyvale has been followed by free-scoring wins over Drumlane and Newtownstewart. They now take on Red Hughs, who ended their run of final defeats with a dominant performance against Urris, before easing through their provincial opener against Antrim’s Con Magees.

Emyvale can call on the All-Star nominee Ryan McAnespie, as well as the likes of Daniel McMahon, David and Robbie McAlister and Garreth McQuaid, while Killygordon’s Red Hughs will be depending on Damian Browne, Calvin Bradley, Peadar McGlinchey, Pauric McMenamin and James Carlin.


Eurotech Junior Football League Cup Final

Clones v Cremartin, Sunday, 2.00, Monaghan


Clones and Cremartin contest the JFL Final at Gavan Duffy Park on Sunday.

Cremartin fell short in the JFC Final, having edged Clones in a thrilling eight-goal semi-final, but they now have a second chance to join Emyvale in making a swift return to Intermediate. The Shamrocks needed to work hard to get past Drumhowan in their league semi-final, while Clones came good in extra-time to win a high-scoring clash with Emyvale last Sunday. That saw Clones at last end their semi-final hoodoo to reach a first decider since 2011. Clones finished joint-top of the JFL Cup section, with Cremartin in third. Both league meetings to date this year were won by Clones, but Cremartin had the edge in the championship.

Clones will be relying largely on the availability and form of 2017 All-Star nominee Fintan Kelly and fellow county panellists James Mealiff and Darren Freeman, as well as Eoin McQuaid, Adrian Alford and Cameron Dowd and Colm Connolly, while Cremartin will need big performances from the likes of Barry Kerr, David Hanley, Kevin Nolan, Ronan Burke and Ryan McVicar.


Ulster Club Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final

Donaghmoyne v Glenfin, Saturday, 3,00, Killyclogher


In the Ladies Ulster Club scene, two of this weekend’s three finals will feature Monaghan representation. Donaghmoyne will be hoping to win their tenth Ulster SFC title when they take on Glenfin from Donegal on Saturday in Killyclogher. Donaghmoyne turned over last year’s winners St. Macartan’s of Tyrone at the semi-final stage, while Glenfin needed extra-time to get past Down side Bredagh.

Donaghmoyne are backboned by Cathriona McConnell, the Courtney sisters, Louise Kerley and Amy Garland, while Glenfin should be able to call on new AFL recruit Yvonne Bonner, as well as the likes of Karen Guthrie, Karen Ward and Katy Herron.


Ulster Club Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Final

Emmet Óg v Kinawley, Sunday, 2.00, Drumlane


Sunday’s IFC decider will see Emmet Óg take on Fermanagh’s Kinawley in Drumlane.

Emmet Óg have seen off Saval (Down) and Donaghmore (Tyrone), with Kinawley getting past St. Brigid’s (Antrim) and Arva/Killeshandra (Cavan). Donna Owens, Courtney Murphy, Róisín O’Reilly, Dannielle Maguire and Joanne Doonan are among the leaders with county experience on the Kinawley side, with Ellen McCarron and Laura Boylan spearheading the Emmet Óg challenge along with Áine McQuaid and Chloe McBride.



Sunday’s Mallon’s Foods U-17 Football League games feature semi-finals in all three divisions. Meanwhile, Tuesday sees Carrickmacross and Castleblayney contest the Silver Hill Foods U-17 Hurling Championship Final at Cloghan.


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