Monaghan men facing an uphill task

By Shaun Casey MONAGHAN’S quest to secure a tenth straight season in the topflight could well come down to Sunday’s showdown with Ulster rivals Tyrone. In any other round, Vinny Corey’s men would have been confident of turning the Red Hands over, but following their recent win over All-Ireland champions Kerry, Tyrone travel to Clones […]

Derry on the cusp of promotion

By Michael McMullan DERRY’S target is simple this week. Avoid defeat at the hands of Clare and they are on the way back to Division One for the first time since 2015. While a tenth game unbeaten since the 2022 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway will see them through, it’s hard to imagine anything other […]

The state of play

WE take a look at how all nine Ulster counties sit ahead of the remaining two rounds of games… Armagh (Division One) ARMAGH’S league campaign is delicately poised with two rounds of fixtures remaining. Sitting fourth in Division One, they aren’t quite out of the woods just yet, but on the other hand, they still […]

Derry must deliver against Clare: Gallagher

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Rory Gallagher’s focus is now fully on Sunday week’s visit of Clare. The Oakleafers took a significant step towards promotion with victory over Dublin on Saturday night. Cork’s win over the Banner on Sunday means Derry will gain promotion to Division One for the first time since 2015 if they […]

Derry go nine games unbeaten as late Rogers strike sink the Dubs

Allianz NFL Round 5 Derry 1-11 Dublin 0-13 By Michael McMullan A LAST gasp Brendan Rogers point kicked Derry victory in a pulsating finish against Dublin at a packed Celtic Park on Saturday night. Advertisement The Oakleafers, who trailed by six points early in the second half, are now nine games unbeaten since last year’s […]

Antrim must break clear of nearly tag against Westmeath

By Michael McMullan ANOTHER week has moved on, yet the same synopsis of Antrim’s first season under Andy McEntee remains ahead of Sunday’s trip to Westmeath. ‘If’ is a small word, yet it’s massive. The Saffrons had all eight league points up grabs in their sights, they the two eased from Thurles remain the only […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Donegal face crunch trip to Armagh

THINGS are getting very serious at both ends of the Division One table as we head into this weekend’s round of fixtures. Last weekend, we saw high-flying Roscommon being brought back down to earth with a bang after Monaghan turned in a fantastic display. It has left things at the bottom end of the table […]

McKiernan not far away from Cavan return

By Michael McMullan CAVAN manager Mickey Graham says Gearóid McKiernan may see action before the end of the league with the priority of having him fully ready for the championship. The Breffni County are out on Saturday, April 22, against the winners of Armagh and Antrim and Graham said his talisman is “not far away” […]

Oak Leaf  boss notes signs of encouragment

  By Niall Gartland DIVISION 2A newcomers Derry have been thrown in at the deep end with a gruelling run of fixtures but their manager Johnny McGarvey says he’s been ‘encouraged’ by their performances to date. They’re still searching for their first points of the campaign ahead of Sunday’s visit of  Kildare (Celtic Park 12.30pm), […]