KEVIN CASSIDY: The Championship is here with a bang

WE expected last week’s games would spring the championship into action, but I don’t think any of us expected what was about to unfold at Celtic Park on Saturday evening. I am going to look at this game in two parts and treat them as two separate sections because in my eyes, that’s how the game […]

Ó Sé: Ulster Championship could hinder Oak Leafer’s All-Ireland charge

By Shaun Casey KERRY legend Tomás Ó Sé believes the competitiveness and the cut-throat nature of the Ulster Championship could hinder the impact that Ulster counties can make on the All-Ireland scene. Derry and Monaghan reached the last four of the race to Sam Maguire last season but lost out to Kerry and Dublin respectively […]

Barry O’Hagan – The Road to Recovery

By Shaun Casey THE pitch-black evenings and the swamp-like football fields all around the country can only mean one thing. Pre-season. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but December, and the few months after, are certainly the most dreaded time of the year for club and county footballers alike. Racing around the […]

DECLAN McCOY: Still an imperfect system

AS I write this I have a sense of déjà vu. Another big game for Armagh and another heart-breaking penalty shoot-out defeat. I’m just back from a coffee with Aaron McKay and he was so disappointed he let me pay (again!). I would suggest the next time instead of penalties we should have a supporter […]

Ulster says go

Does the Ulster Championship still matter?Three leading lights in Ulster football certainly think so. By Shaun Casey WHAT does the Ulster Championship mean? Does it still carry as much weight as it used to? A lot of talk has surrounded the provincial championships over the past number seasons, due to the new restructuring of the […]

Clarke hoping home comforts will count against Donegal

THERE’S a feel-good factor around the Mourne County in the build up to their Ulster Championship opener this weekend. Conor Laverty’s Down host Donegal on Sunday afternoon, a side they haven’t beaten in the championship since 2010. Donegal have dominated the recent history between the two teams, winning the last four meetings, including the opening […]

Cutting out mistakes is key says Fermanagh boss Kieran Donnelly

By Mark McGoldrick BEING confident and composed on the ball is one of Erne boss Kieran Donnelly’s key messages to his players this week as they prepare for a crunch Ulster Championship opener against champions Derry on Saturday. Having reviewed the video of the Division Three final defeat to Cavan, the Fermanagh manager said that the most disappointing aspect […]

Armagh aiming to play the right way says Forker

By Shaun Casey ARMAGH were routine winners over Antrim in the preliminary round of the Ulster Championship, sending them through to a mouth-watering quarter-final encounter with Cavan in two weeks’ time. From start to finish, Kieran McGeeney’s side dominated the tussle, bursting out of the traps to strike the first five scores of the game […]

Nugent finding his feet after injury

By Shaun Casey THE last time Armagh faced Antrim in the Ulster Championship, Aidan Nugent missed out through injury. That was back in 2021 and Nugent, now Armagh’s joint-captain along with Rian O’Neill, was sidelined for the entire year having suffered the dreaded ACL tear. Two years on and the lively Cullyhanna sharpshooter is making […]