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Ladies Semi-Final Takes Centre Stage

By Paddy Fri 12th Aug

Ladies Semi-Final Takes Centre Stage
Ladies Semi-Final Takes Centre Stage

The Errigal Ciaran and St Macartan’s Patrick Fahy and Co Solicitors senior football championship semi-final will bring to an end a pulsating week of adult championship football in the county with Killeeshill awaiting the winners of Saturdays tie and that will wrap up the final spots over the three grades, senior, intermediate and junior.
The eagerly anticipated clash of Errigal and Macartan’s is at least in some pundits eyes’, this year’s final, unbeaten St Mac’s up against the reigning champions in a repeat of last year’s decider won by the narrowest of margins. The pundit view may be unkind to Killeeshill who will contest their first senior final on September 10th and await the winners of this mouth watering tussle but a look at the form book indicates the quality we can expect to see back at Ballinamullan. Both the Clogher Valley and Dunmoyle sides rated as Ulster contenders, even at this stage let alone championship contenders within their own County.
One thing is for sure, neither side will need motivation for this outing, in the league game played just in July past the league leaders cruised to a 4-14 to 3-5 win over an Errigal side who were it has to be said were  without several regular’s. Tiffy Quinn admitted afterwards that the league clash or indeed it’s outcome mattered little with the championship still at stake. Quinn and counterpart Ryan McMenamin though will not take their final opponents for granted but both will be focused solely on getting out of Ballinamullan with the right result come Saturday evening.
It could well come down to the quality sharpshooters of the senior championship so far,  St Macartan’s Chloe McCaffrey with 4-8 and Lycrecea Quinn on 2-7 will be vital although the scores are well spread across both teams this term. McMenamin has St Mac’s looking sharp and focused , Quinn in the other corner has Errigal in a good place although both side’s are missing players for the last four tussle.
The football purest would love to see a wonderful game although it could well be a war of attrition. It’s never easy though in Tyrone and there was some controversy when the Errigal Macartan’s original semi-final fixture planned for last Sunday was called off. Yet with Tyrone facing Clare before the end of the month and county manager Gerry Moane far from impressed with the postponement and possible disruption to his side’s plan, common sense prevailed and the game will go ahead this Saturday afternoon at Killyclogher.

By Paddy Fri 12th Aug

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