The draws for the Patrick Fahy &Co solicitors Tyrone adult football championships were made on Tuesday with some mouth-watering ties in senior, intermediate and junior grades later this year.
Senior champions Errigal Ciaran went straight into the quarter final stages with a clash against the winners of the preliminary round tie between Cappagh and 2015 intermediate champions Glenelly. The preliminary round has also thrown together two of the county’s heavyweights, St Macartans and Aodh Ruadh.
St Macartans are already in full preparation mode ahead of the new league season that starts in April. Ryan McMenamin is back at the helm and with Cathy and Joline Donnelly now fully committed to club service after ending their inter county careers they will be real contenders again in 2016 after losing in last year’s final.
Errigal though will be keen to retain the Jarlarth Kerr Cup and certainly have the quality to advance again this term although they face a stern test from the winners of the Cappagh and Glenelly tie.
Sperrin Og and Cill iseal have been drawn together in what could be a tasty affair. There are plenty of big names in both camps with the Greencastle team keen to reignite their glory years. The winners of the St Macartans and Dungannon tie will face a massive test at quarter final level with Carrickmore awaiting them. Again Carmen are another side with such a proud record, they will be well set to challenge in this year’s league and championship. Last term saw a lot of new girls taste senior football for the first time and with Gemma Begley now focused on the club scene too they will be quietly confident.
The remaining quarter final throws promoted Clann na Gael up against last year’s real strugglers Omagh St Enda’s. The Omagh club failed to field in the latter stages of the league and also did not play in the senior championship despite being assured of a semi-final spot. The previous season’s intermediate double winners were a team in transition but have had good numbers out so far in preseason and look set to step up to the plate this year. Clann under Brian Dooher will certainly fancy their chances in this quarter final encounter although a lot will depend on how the early rounds in this extended first division go for the North Tyrone club.
Patrick Fahy &Co Solicitors Senior Football Championship
1: Cappagh V Glenelly
2: Aodh Ruadh V St Macartans
Cill Iseal V Sperrin Og
1 V Errigal Ciaran
Carrickmore v 2
Omagh V Clann na Gael
First time Intermediate championship contenders Drumragh Sarsfields will have to go the scenic route after they were drawn against Ardboe. The Loughshore side flattered to deceive last term but with new manager Louise Daly in charge they will feel they have a point to prove. It will be a whole new experience for the Sarsfields but they boast a youthful and experienced squad. Sigersons will open against Kildress in the other preliminary round fixture and the two winners will meet at the quarter final stage.
The other quarter finals are Aghyaran against St Dympna’s, Donaghmore versus Loughmacrory and junior champions Trillick facing Fr Rocks. The Reds have several new players set to emerge while some of the older hands may call it a day after last year’s memorable success.
Patrick Fahy & Co Solicitors Intermediate football Championship
1 Kildress v Sigersons
2 Drumragh V Ardboe
Aghyaran V St Dympna’s
Donaghmore V Loughmacrory
1 v 2
Trillick V Fr Rocks
Thirteen teams will compete for the Brenda Logue Memorial Cup this summer and there certainly are some plumb ties, none more so than the preliminary round clash between neighbours Coalisland and Clonoe. The O’Rahillys have been building steadily at underage level and will now embark in the adult ranks. They continue to add to their squad and there could well be one or two ex Fianna players on board before that eagerly anticipated tie. There’s also another big derby scheduled as Stewartstown tackle Rock. Fintona play Moy and Galbally will go toe to toe with Castlederg.
Patrick Fahy &Co Solicitors Junior Football Championship