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All change in Ulster Minor Championship

The Ulster Minor Football Championship as we have previously been accustomed to, will cease to be. The Minor Championship has been completely revamped for 2018 with wholesale changes in terms of age, when played and the abolition of replays.

The Minor age has been reduced from u-18 to u-17 in line with the abolition of the u-21 championship in favour of an u-20 championship. Traditionally played where possible as a curtain raiser to Senior Championship games has been done away with and the new Minor Championship will begin in the month of April.

In another break with tradition all games must be concluded on the day with no replays. On the day if two periods of extra time can’t separate teams, a free taking competition will decide the winner.

The draw for the 2018 Ulster minor football championship is as follows-

On Saturday 21 April, Current holders Derry v Monaghan (2013 winners) in the Preliminary Round with the winners progressing to a quarter-final with Cavan (2011 winners).

The quarter-finals which are fixed for Saturday 28 April pits Antrim (1982 winners) against Fermanagh (Never won) and Donegal (2016 winners) v Tyrone (2012 winners), with the winners of both games meeting in the semi-final.

The remaining quarter final is a local derby as Down play Armagh. It is 1999 since Down were champions and 2009 since the Orchard County were champions following a 1-8 to 1-5 defeat of Down. The winner of the Down v Armagh tie will face whoever emerges from the Derry/Monaghan /Cavan quarter final for a place in the final.