McNeice backs Armagh to secure back-to-back final appearances

By Shaun Casey MATTHEW McNeice guarded the goals for Armagh in Kieran McGeeney’s first-ever championship game as county manager back in 2015 when Rory Gallagher’s Donegal proved far too strong in the opening round of the Ulster Championship. Patrick McBrearty rattled the net early on and the Tir Chonaill men cruised to a nine-point victory […]

Rooney maps out Down’s next steps

By Michael McMullan MICÉAL Rooney is all too aware of how the wheels began to fall off the Down promotion bandwagon last season. While the main focus is getting back to Division Two and putting Down “back on the map” the short term is all about winning games. In the world of promotion, the next […]

Review of the season: Down

1 Mourne men on the march AFTER a disastrous 2022 season where Down didn’t win a single game, things could only get better in 2023, and they certainly did. Conor Laverty brought an energy and a passion to the Down cause that has possibly been missing over the past number of years and this year […]

Feature: Provincial past masters

GL placement student Oisín Duddy looks back on how Ulster teams have fared in the All-Ireland SFC club series… 2013:  Ballinderry Shamrocks THIS was Ballinderry’s first Ulster title since 2001 thanks to their win against Glenswilly (Donegal) on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-6. They later played the London champions Kingdom Kerry Gaels in the All-Ireland […]

Lacey stays with Kilcoo

KARL Lacey will remain in charge of Kilcoo next season the club have confirmed. The former Donegal star took over this season and steered the Magpies to their 21st Down title before slipping out of Ulster against Scotstown. Eoghan Rua Cill Chua are delighted to announce that manager Karl Lacey and his backroom team will […]

Reinvigorated Scotstown on the cusp of final

By Shaun Casey FOR a team that has dominated the club scene in Monaghan over the past 11 years, winning eight county titles, Scotstown have failed to really make a dent on the Ulster Club Championship. They’ve only competed in two Ulster finals during that time, losing to Crossmaglen and Gaoth Dobhair, and their most recent […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Ulster club is the gift that keeps on giving

THE second weekend of Ulster Club action took place last weekend and yet again the competition came up trumps. I’ve said on many occasions that this is the best competition in the GAA calendar at the minute and, based on last weekend’s evidence, who would argue with me? We will start with the Saturday night […]

McCague: Scotstown not looking past Kilcoo challenge

By Shaun Casey EXPERIENCE is key in the Ulster Club Championship, but it’s not necessarily an advantage this year says Scotstown boss David McCague. The An Bhoth men have dominated the Monaghan club scene over the past decade, winning eight championships in 11 years and are no strangers to the provincial scene. However, given the talent […]

Magpies set sights on Scotstown

By Shaun Casey FOR two teams that have dominated their respective county championships, there isn’t that much recent history between Kilcoo and Scotstown as they lock horns on Sunday (Páirc Esler, 3.15pm) for the first time since 2016. That was a preliminary round tie which the Magpies edged on their way to reaching a second […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: One big weekend

Kilcoo flexed their muscles on Sunday with a comprehensive win over Fermanagh kingpins Derrygonnelly to set up a mouth-watering clash with Scotstown this weekend. I expected Kilcoo to win last weekend but I thought Derrygonnelly would have put up a little bit more of a fight. From start to finish Kilcoo were extremely impressive and their […]