Confidence high in Antrim after Dublin draw

By Shaun Casey ANTRIM will take huge confidence from their Leinster opener as the travelling Dubs needed a last-gasp score from Cian O’Sullivan to pick up a share of the spoils. Both sides will have mixed emotions about this game. On one hand, both will feel they could have captured the two points on offer […]

Tyrone hurlers set to enter new territory

By Niall Gartland IT’S a measure of Tyrone’s progress under Michael McShane that they will field in the Christy Ring Cup for the first time in Sunday’s group stage opener against Derry, one of the traditional heavyweights of Ulster hurling. Last year’s Nickey Rackard Cup triumph was rewarded with promotion into the third-level competition at […]

Derry enter the last chance saloon

By Michael McMullan SUNDAY’S trip to Carlow is a must win game in Johnny McGarvey’s book. A draw would be enough if Kerry beat Down at home, but McGarvey isn’t dealing in the maybes as the Oakleafers aim to beat the drop straight back to Division 2B. Derry were without a point going into Sunday’s […]

Derry braced for crucial Ballycran battle

By Shaun Casey IT’S all on the line in Ballycran this weekend as Derry and Down battle it out for their first two points of the season. The two Ulster sides sit at the bottom of Division 2A, both on zero points after three games, so Sunday is a huge opportunity to get off the […]

Derry face into a rebuilding phase

By Michael McMullan DERRY hurlers begin a challenging Division 2A campaign at home to Kerry on Saturday (Celtic Park 2pm) without the spine of the team that gained promotion last season. Of the team that saw off Sligo in the promotion final, 14 of the 26 players listed in the programme are not part of […]

Bradley happy to be playing with a full deck

By Michael McMullan PAUL Bradley has a full panel to pick from for the first time in his three-year tenure as Sleacht Néill senior football manager. The Emmet’s take on Lavey in Sunday’s semi-final, a repeat of last year’s clash when extra-time was needed to qualify for the final. Defenders Karl McKaigue and Paul McNeill […]

Sleacht Néill skipper insists Dunloy win will count for nothing without landing the silver

By Michael McMullan SLEACHT NÉILL are here to stay, but skipper Cormac O’Doherty stresses that their exploits against Dunloy will count for nothing unless they can land a fourth Ulster title this weekend. Sunday’s ‘massive performance’ was their third win over the Antrim giants in five seasons. It was a first game in seven weeks, […]