Next challenge for Ulster Junior champions Arva

By Niall Gartland

ULSTER Junior Champions Arva will embark on the next step of their adventure as they host London-based Wandsworth Gaels in Saturday’s Twinning final at Kingspan Breffni.

For all intents and purposes an All-Ireland Junior Championship quarter-final, Arva will be confident that they can progress further in the competition having blazed a trail through both Cavan and Ulster.

Finbar O’Reilly’s side claimed a 0-13 to 0-6 victory over an experienced Blackhill side from Monaghan a fortnight ago, becoming only the third team from the Breffni County to win the Ulster Junior Championship.

Cavan footballer Ciaran Brady played a captain’s role on the day with a starring individual performance and they could even afford to miss a penalty with another county man, Jonathan McCabe, firing wide from the spot.

In truth they weren’t troubled on their journey through Ulster and now they’re set to take on All-Britain Intermediate champions Wandsworth Gaels in another knock-out clash. Captained by Darragh Daly from Mullingar, they’ve made sterling progress in recent seasons having followed up last year’s All-Britain Junior title with an Intermediate success. They have a stellar team with a particularly strong Mayo contingent but it would be a major surprise indeed were they to get the better of an Arva side that will harbour aspirations of going all the way in the competition.

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