Tyrone travel to Kildare for a round five Bord Gais National League tussle this Sunday bidding to belatedly kick-start the new season, writes Damien Donnelly.
Three defeats and a draw is Tyrone’s lot so far but things are far from the doom and gloom situation some may have been suggesting.
There was always going to be a transitional time with new management in place and new faces joining the panel. Results may not make for great reading in the league but let’s not judge the year at this early stage.
Martina Dillon and the camp will harbour short-term and long-term aims, the league a case of finding a fine balance between the two. But the immediate need for valuable points rears it’s head on Sunday as Kildare stand in the way of a morale boosting win.
Three points for a win would help the cause and Tyrone will want to get something from this one ahead of their last two league matches against Mayo and Cork.
County minor action starts over the weekend as well with The Red Hands playing Down. The U-14’s also face an Ulster campaign shortly too.
College finals have started unfolding in Ulster and Omagh Loreto Convent claimed the ‘A’ U-20 title earlier this week with an impressive victory over Donaghmore St Joseph’s.
Holy Cross from Strabane play Carrickmacross St Louis early next week, possibly Tuesday, in the U-20 ‘C’ Ulster decide. Ulster U-16 competitions are also building towards the knockout stages.
In club football, we now know the draws for first rounds of the various championships expected to launch during May.
Top billing in senior land goes to An Charraig Mhor v Errigal Ciaran, with holders St Macartan’s taking on Glenelly in a repeat of their 2009 decider.
Before then, the club leagues commence in the first half of April. A recap of the full championship draws follows and for these competitions club names will feature in Irish: