Tough test in Ulster

October 19, 2015

Ulster Senior Football Championship

Outside of the Munster Hurling draw the Ulster Football Championship draw is the most eagerly awaited one in the GAA calendar. Ulster is by far the toughest championship to win and the 2016 draw decrees no different with some cracking matches drawn and even tougher one’s in prospect before the title will be won.

All eyes will be on the pre-match parade as Cavan take on Armagh following the brawl which took place in their quarter–final meeting in 2014 won 1-12 to 0-9 by Armagh.. Armagh and Cavan had poor 2015 Championships going out of Ulster to Donegal and Monaghan respectively and followed up with round two qualifier defeats at the hands of Galway and Roscommon. Armagh were last in Kingspan Breffni Park in 2013 in the Championship which the home side won 1-15 to 1-11.The winner of the Armagh v Cavan game face a semi-final meeting with the winner of the Derry v Tyrone quarter final.

In the other half of the draw defending champions Monaghan open their account against managerless Down with the likely venue Clones giving the champions home advantage and the Down home draw hoodoo continues. Down were beaten by Derry 12-11 last year before going out in the qualifiers to Wexford.

Last year’s championship giantkillers Fermanagh are in early action having drawn Antrim in the Preliminary Round. Donegal await the winner of the Preliminary game in the quarter-final with the winner taking on either Monaghan or Down.

But before we get down to all that Championship action there is League football to be played and it throws up plenty of opportunities to assess championship opponents given the 2016 League structures.

Monaghan, Donegal and Down will all play in Division One. Division Two houses Tyrone, Armagh, Cavan, Derry and Fermanagh. Antrim are all alone in Division Four devoid of any Ulster companionship.