PREVIEW: 2023 LADIES’ FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD


Who will emerge from the chasing pack and emerge as this year’s winner of the Ladies’ Footballer of the Year award sponsored by Encirc? Some brilliant footballers have received the award in recent years. Moneyglass’s Orlaith Prenter landed last year’s trophy while Donaghmoyne’s Cathriona McConnell took the plaudits for 2021. Others named in recent times […]


NOMINEES: Ladies Football Manager of the Year


Below are the nominees for the 2023 Ladies Football Manager of the Year. Find out more about this year’s shortlisted nominees below. Greg McGonigle – Clann Éireann The Clann Éireann girls hit another gear in the 2023 season, claiming the Ulster Senior Ladies time for the first time ever. Managing the team was newly appointed […]


Feature: Men of Steel


Steelstown have four players on the Derry senior football panel. Neil Forester lines out alongside them on the senior team. Brendan Hughes was involved in their underage development. Michael McMullan writes PLENTY of clubs have had four players on the pitch, in the same game, at county senior level. There will be others in the […]


Playing on the big stage


Shaun Casey has a look at Ulster teams that have fielded on All-Ireland Intermediate final day… Galbally – 2023 GALBALLY were undoubtedly the best team in Ulster and saw off Glenullin, Dungloe and Corduff before qualifying for the All-Ireland decider with a four-point win over Dunmore MacHales of Galway on an unusual scoreline of 4-4 […]


Steelstown on the All-Ireland trail


By Michael McMullan AFTER knocking on the Ulster door for so long, Steelstown now step into the All-Ireland area on Saturday with an away semi-final against Leitrim champions Ballinamore. They weren’t always at the cutting edge. It took time to become a force. Emma Doherty didn’t take up the sport until the age of “13 or […]


Different types of tears for Steelstown


By Michael McMullan CIARA McGurk struggled to find the words to describe Steelstown winning their first Ulster Intermediate title but the feeling inside told her enough to know it was a huge moment. All those feelings of pain, suffering and sacrifice were worth it. Two years ago they could see the cup without being able […]


An historic first for Glenavy


By Michael McMullan DELIGHT is the emotion of choice for Mary McStravick as Glenavy embark on a first ever Ulster Ladies’ final on Sunday. The Antrim champions added wins over Naomh Muire, Rostrevor and Ballyhaise to book a date with Steelstown (Carrickmore, 2pm). Excitement and delight, that’s the mood in the camp. Advertisement “It is […]


Another chance for Steelstown to dream


By Michael McMullan IF Steelstown were to smash the glass ceiling and conquer Ulster this weekend it would be a dream come true for Aoife McGough. After four Derry titles in succession and an Ulster final defeat after the fixture debacle of last year, Steelstown’s final showdown with Glenavy in Carrickmore on Sunday presents another opportunity. McGough was part […]


Steelstown ladies hoping to wipe the slate clean


By Niall Gartland STEELSTOWN ladies will be hoping to lay a few ghosts to rest in this Saturday’s Ulster Intermediate Championship semi-final against Castleblayney (Castleblayney, 2pm). This time last year there was a major controversy surrounding their semi-final encounter against Denn-Castlerahan that unfortunately painted the provincial ladies scene in a bad light. Their semi-final clash […]


Steelstown set target on staying up


By Michael McMullan STAYING in Division One was always Steelstown’s target this year insists manager Paddy Campbell. Now, with their status secured, the Brian Ógs are eyeing a similar feat when the senior championship rolls into action this summer. While falling narrow to Newbridge ini the league at the weekend, defeats for Ballinascreen and Lavey […]