The jockeying for positions begins

By Michael McMullan WITH an in-form Donegal having a bye this weekend, the rest of Group A will look to keep the pressure on. In a change of format from last season, there is the added jeopardy of only second and third placed teams qualifying for the knock-out stages. Like the u-20 championship, the top […]

Oakleafer minors out to continue winning run

By Shaun Casey ULSTER and All-Ireland Minor champions Derry continue their championship campaign this weekend as they travel to Dunsilly to take on Antrim and aim to continue their fine form at this age grade. Damian McErlain’s side have already captured the league title, the only trophy that eluded them last season, and opened their […]

Irvinestown braced for tough opener

By Mark McGoldrick IRVINESTOWN manager Shane McDermott is expecting a very difficult task when his side take on Cavan Gaels in the quarter-final of the St Paul’s Ulster Minor Club tournament. For the second year running, the St Molaise side will represent Fermanagh at the provincial competition, which will take centre stage at the St Paul’s GAA club […]

Tyrone minors bidding to finish top

By Niall Gartland TYRONE minors are in pole position to finish in top of their group heading into their third and final round robin match against Antrim this Saturday. Gerard Donnelly’s side can make doubly sure of finishing top of the table with a win, and in doing so secure home advantage in their upcoming […]

Antrim minors on upwards curve says boss Higgins

By Niall Gartland SPEAKING ahead of Saturday’s Ulster Championship round two clash against Cavan, Antrim minor boss Laurence Higgins argues that his team are coming to the boil at the right time. The Saffrons claimed a hard-earned 0-8 to 0-8 draw against Armagh in their opening day fixture last weekend with substitutes Cargin’s Callum Gribben, St […]

McErlain glad to be back in charge of Derry minors

My Kieran Lynch DAMIAN McErlain will be hoping that his second stint as Derry minor manager goes as well as his first, as the Oak Leaf County get their championship campaign underway this week. In McErlain’s first spell, between 2015 and 2017, Derry won two Ulster titles and reached the All-Ireland, losing out to a David […]

Tyrone minors begin their title defence

By Niall Gartland THE Tyrone minors begin their three in-a-row quest in the Ulster Championship away to Cavan this Saturday, but let’s not get too carried away with idle talk of titles just yet as it’s a marathon not a sprint. There’s a new group stage format this season, and if Tyrone are to complete […]

VOX POP: Ask the managers – minor matters

By Niall Gartland ULSTER GAA aficionados may have already clocked that there’s a major shake up of this year’s provincial championship. Essentially, there’s two group stages (one with four teams, the other with five), so there’s games galore and only one team will be extricated from the competition after the group stages have concluded (indeed, […]