Tyrone sides were to be involved in the closing stages of Markey Cup U-18 qualification over the next number of days but wintry weather has dealt its hand, writes Damien Donnelly.
Snow and ice have hit fixtures across the board, several games affected during the course of the current week in Markey and also Inter-Cup spheres. The Tyrone U-14 and U-16 finals had already been postponed until Monday of next week.
In terms of the Markey Cup, it all means prolonging the start of the knockout phase that may still get underway this side of Christmas.
Sacred Heart had a good win over St Ciaran’s in one of the Markey sections recently, St Ciaran’s now needing victory in their tie with Holy Trinity to make the last eight.
Some other Tyrone seats of learning are battling for qualification tickets but Ulster vocational secretary Tony McCaffrey has been in touch to tell us that a new fixture plan will be drawn up in light of the weather affected programme.
More should be known at the weekend when conditions are supposed to improve, so fingers remain firmly crossed in more ways than one.
Tyrone’s Ulster semi-final encounter against Monaghan, meanwhile, is also being reset and could go ahead at some stage next week. Again, this is to be confirmed.