Three Ulster finals down for decision

Compiled by Jackie Cahill


TG4 Junior Championship Final  

Down v Fermanagh; Moy Tír na nÓg, 2pm  

THIS  Junior Final between Down and Fermanagh promises to be an entertaining affair – and could go either way.

Both sides will be among the front-runners for TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship glory in August – but the opportunity to lift provincial silverware now presents itself.

Thoughts will turn to the All-Ireland series after this one, with Down and Fermanagh in separate groups for the summer campaign.

This may not be the last time that these two teams see each other in 2023 – and they drew in the round-robin phase of the Ulster Championship.

Down: A McGivern; P Smyth, C Byrne, O Boyle; N McKibbin, M Doherty (capt.), O Duffy; A Laverty, A Keown; N Scullion, V McCormack, L Duffy; E Fitzpatrick, N Ferris, N King.

Fermanagh: R Gleeson; E Keenan, M McGloin, C Clarke; S McQuade (capt.), C Murphy, S McCarville; R O’Reilly, A O’Brien; A Britton, D Maguire, A Maguire; B Bannon, B Bogue, L Maguire.


TG4 Intermediate Final 

Antrim v Tyrone; Owenbeg Centre of Excellence, Derry, 1.30pm  

TYRONE will put their TG4 Ulster Intermediate title on the line against dangerous opposition.

Antrim captured the TG4 All-Ireland Junior title last year and have continued upon their winning ways in 2023, with Lidl National League Division 4 glory followed by progress to the Ulster Intermediate Final.

Tyrone won in the round-robin phase but Antrim will have learned plenty from that narrow setback.

This will be the first-ever Antrim-Tyrone Ulster Intermediate Final – with victories for both over Monaghan sending them through before they met in the group stages, which finished in a 2-15 to 4-7 win for the Red Hands.

Antrim: A McCann; D Coleman, A Keenan, E Ferran; O Corr, C Brown, S O’Neill; A Mulholland, Á Tubridy; T Mellon, C Carey (capt.), L Dahunsi; B Devlin, O Prenter, M O’Neill.

Tyrone: S McVey; M Corrigan, C Magee, E Quinn; J Lyons, C Campbell, E Hegarty; E.J. Gervin, A McHugh (capt.); A Horisk, G Rafferty, S Byrne; M Canavan, N Hughes, A McGahan.

TG4 Senior Final  

Armagh v Donegal; Owenbeg Centre of Excellence, Derry, 3.30pm 

ARMAGH and Donegal meet again in a TG4 Ulster Senior Final.

Donegal haven’t won this title since 2019, when they put 5-12 past Armagh, but the Orchard County have had the upper hand since then in the province.

Armagh are going for four-in-a-row in Ulster, with a 2020 Final victory over Monaghan followed up by back-to-back wins over Donegal in 2021 and 2022.

Kelly Mallon’s goal secured a dramatic extra-time win for Armagh over Donegal last year and when the sides met earlier this month in the round-robin phase, Armagh were 1-15 to 2-4 winners.

Donegal opened that fixture well but Armagh, the Lidl National League Division 2 champions, settled and eased to a comfortable win.

Armagh will start as favourites and there’s one change to the team that defeated Cavan comprehensively last time out, with Louise Kenny coming in for Catherine Marley in defence.

The Donegal team that lost to Armagh in their last outing shows two changes – with Shelly Twohig and Ciara McGarvey listed to start ahead of Karen Guthrie and Laoise Ryan.

Armagh: A Carr; S Grey, C McCambridge, L Kenny; G Ferguson, L McConville, C Towe; N Coleman, E Lavery; B Mackin, A Mackin, E Druse; N Marley, K Mallon (capt.), A McCoy.

Donegal: C Friel; N Carr, A Temple Asoko, Nicole McLaughlin; A Boyle Carr, S McGroddy, T Hegarty; S Twohig, Niamh McLaughlin (capt.); R Rodgers, K Long, K Dowds; E Gallagher, K Herron, C McGarvey.

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