Ulster Vocational schools secretary Tony McCaffery is hoping that the snow that is forecast for later in the week doesn’t further disrupt the various competitions which are already way behind schedule.
“With schools due back over the next week or so we will hope to get the football competitions up and running as we are a wee bit behind at all grades” admits Tony.
“Fermanagh is the only county that has completed their U14 and U16 competitions and with the quarter finals of the Ulster McDevitt Cup [U14] and Arthurs Cup [U16] scheduled for the week ending January 21st we have little room with which to manoeuvre.”
The Tyrone finals bring together St.Josephs Coalisland and Dean Maguirc College Carrickmore at U16 level and St.Ciarans Ballygawley and Holy Trinity Cookstown at U14 level. In the U18 Markey Cup St.Patricks College Dungannon are already safely through to the knockout quarter finals but other Tyrone sides are still in the running to join them with a forthcoming clash between St.Ciarans and Holy Trinity crucial in terms of qualification.
At inter county level Tyrone take on Monaghan in a semi final that could go ahead at the end of next week with Donegal and Derry meeting in the other last four clash. The winners of the Ulster title are in All Ireland semi final action on February 19th with the final scheduled for a week later.