An Charraig Mhor remain on course for a league and championship double after they came back from a point down at the break against Errigal Ciaran to seal a semi final berth in the Tyrone ladies senior football championship as the full round of opening round games got underway. Beaten for the first time this season at the weekend, it was an edgy start for the champions Carrickmore looked impressive in a good second half with Gemma Begley getting into the groove. The introduction of Sarah Connolly, back from long term injury failed to salvage the tie for Errigal as it ended 1-15 to 2-8 in favour of An Charraig Mhor.
An entertaining opener then to what promises to be one of the best weekend’s of the season in the ladies game.
In the senior grade St Macartans will start favourites against Glenelly on Saturday evening at Donnelly Park while expect a thriller at Coalisland when Aodh Ruadh face Cil Iseal. The Dungannon side edged past Carrickmore in the league while Cil Iseal will be keen to bounce back after they suffered a 12-9 to 2-9 mauling against Macartans. Ardboe and St Dympnas will be evenly matched when they meet on Sunday, with the O’Donavan Rossas claiming a six point win in their league encounter they will start slight favourites. However both sides have been on the receiving end of heavy losses this term and a good start could prove vital in the final outcome.
The Intermediate football championship will be hard to call, a quick look at the table will underscore that, Trillick top the league, Cappagh and Omagh sit level on points in second with Fr Rocks in fourth, yet it’s the championship that beckons. All Ireland junior finalists Omagh will take on Clan Na Gael at Drumragh on Friday. Clan suffered a heavy loss at Omagh’s hands recently but with several players back they will not be taken lightly by Vinny McCullagh’s side. Last weekend Omagh were always in control against Aghyaran while Clan had their game with Cappagh called off.
League leaders Trillick will look to Sarah Donnelly to help them over the line against Beragh at Greencastle in the first of the Intermediate quarter finals. The Red Knights just lost out in their recent league clash, a single point between them in a real thriller so expect a similar close one on Thursday.
Cappagh and Fr Rocks meet on Friday night, both teams have players missing and again here too this could be an evenly matched contest. Cookstown beat Beragh last Saturday to overtake them in the promotion chase. The final game in the quarters at Intermediate level pits the two relegation haunted sides at Galbally as Agyharan play Moy .
Loughmacrory and Sigersons are shaping well in the third division and their Junior quarter final at Clanabogan could well produce some fireworks, Lough are unbeaten this season while Strabane slipped up to a heavy loss against Donaghmore last week.
Donaghmore themselves remain second as they face a struggling Fintona on Sunday. The Pearses lost narrowly in their league outing and will be hopeful of a win in this one. The Sperrin Og, Drumragh tussle at Trillick on Saturday is expected to be close. Drumragh have major injuty worries and a hand injury to Neamh Woods has left the Sarsfields with problems as free scoring Sperrin Og look to progress to the last four. Badoney and Kildress are both struggling and a championship run would be the perfect lift, one will advance but it’s hard to call.
In The Junior B Championship Rock play Eoghain Rua and Urney will try and stop the impressive Pomeroy. Edendork play Stewartstown on Saturday at Coalisland.
In Tyrone Ladies youth football two big games went ahead on Monday night. In the grade one minor football championship Clan Na Gael advanced to the county final with a one point victory over Galbally. A thrilling clash there but a less tense affair took place in the grade two league final as St Macartans beat Glenelly 1-10 to 0-5 to take the title at Kildress.
Sperrin Og and Edendork will meet in the Grade three league final next Tuesday and then the attention turns to the county minors who face Donegal in the Ulster minor final on Saturday 21st May.
Pius Fox and Louise Daly have several serious injury issues ahead of what will be a very difficult tie against the favourites.