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Ladies Ulster Club News

Saturday 20.10.2018
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

Ulster Senior Club Championship

St Macartans V Donaghmoyne

Clogher 12 noon Sunday

There’s an interesting statistic doing the rounds ahead of St Macartan’s Ulster club semi final meeting with Donaghmoyne. The Tyrone champions have only beaten them once in five attempts.

After three Tyrone titles on the bounce, losing and winning an Ulster club title along the way, Ryan Mc Menamin’s side have found new spirit, new strength , a ravenous hunger and a clutch of quality youngsters coming through to bolster the cause.

Players like Niamh Mc Girr, Slaine Mc Carroll and Chloe Mc Caffrey just ooze quality and alongside some of the household names like Lynda Donnelly, Cathy Maguire, Joline Donnelly and Maura Mc Menamin there is a potency about the Macartans as they face the ten time Ulster club champions at the last four stage.

Donaghmoyne will be gunning for revenge after the Tyrone champions beat them in last year’s Ulster club final. That result came twelve months after the Monaghan girls eased to a final win themselves at the hands of Macartans.

Cathy Maguire had an outstanding outing in last year’s final but expects a tough outing on Sunday.

“Donaghmoyne are the benchmark when it comes to club football in Ulster. They have had the upper hand four out of the five times we played them and they won their tenth title when they beat us in the 2016 decider. They know what’s expected”

The game has a 12noon throw in on Sunday,

Ulster Club Intermediate semi final

Donaghmore V Emmett Ogs        2pm Donaghmore Sunday

It is also Monaghan opposition for the Tyrone intermediate champions on Sunday. The Scotstown based outfit will serve up a real challenge for Louise Daly’s side. Injuries have cleared up for the St Patrick’s who were missing a handful of players for the quarter final as they edged out Ballinascreen in the quarters.

Donaghmore had led well but in the end just about held on to a three point lead with Rebecca Quinn on hand to clear a shot off the line late in the game.

Quinn alongside Zoe Loughran and Emma Hegarty have impressed but they come into Sunday’s game knowing little about the opposition admits Hegarty.

“ I know Ellen Mc Carron from the county scene and know she will be a major threat as she always is but in reality there’s little we can do about them. We will concentrate on getting ourselves ready. I think if we perform to the ability we can and work hard we will be in with a good chance.”

Ulster Junior Club semi final

Trillick V Faughenvale      2pm Donnelly Park Saturday

Trillick will head into Saturday’s junior club semi final with plenty of confidence. In the quarter final they accounted for Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly with Fiona Ownes , Emma Brennan and Dearbhlie Gallagher among the scores. They may be facing the Derry intermediate champions but home advantage for the Tyrone champions will play a part too. Don Goodwin and Iggy Gallagher should have a full squad to select from and Gallagher has paid tribute to the players ahead of the Ulster semi final.

“We have a genuine mix of youth and experience and while the younger girls have come in and done well we have to pay tribute to the older players who have stuck with the task through the good and bad times. They deserve to be here in the club championship.”

Players such as Nuala Kelly, Cathy Donnelly and Owens have been outstanding this year while the youngsters on the panel set the Tyrone championship alight. Gallagher and Goodwin expect a tough outing at Donnelly Park but there is confidence about the Reds and they will not be fazed by the occasion.

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