Ulster Club Championship
Kilcoo entertain Glenswilly
Struggling with injuries, and not firing on all cylinders Kilcoo were expected to bow out of the competition after being pitted against last year’s beaten finalists Scotstown at Clones. But one thing that you cannot take away from the 5-in-a-row Down champions is their gutsy determination and desire to get their name on the Ulster title. Second half substitute Ryan Johnston fired home the game’s only goal on 37 minutes which enabled Kilcoo see off the Scotstown challenge 1-8 to 0-9 in very difficult playing conditions because of the wet weather.
It does not get any easier for the Kilcoo men as they prepare to take on Donegal champions Glenswilly at Pairc Esler on Sunday at 2-30 in the quarter-final. The Michael Murphy inspired Glenswilly, cause an upset by capturing their third title despite being outsiders against hot favouirites Kilcar. Another tough, tight encounter is expected against a team that likes to play possession football.
In what will probably be a rather robust, hard hitting enccounter, as there are a lot of big men on the field who like physical football, discipline and a good refeering performance will be key.
The Magpies are taken to keep soaring to new heights by pinching a semi-final berth off their Donegal opponents.
Maghery make maiden voyage
Naturally, after capturing their first ever Armagh Senior Football Championship Maghery Sean Mac Diarmada will be going on their maiden voyage with regards to the Ulster Club Championship. Maghery are fortunate that their first venture takes them back to the scene of their greatest triumph, the Athletic Grounds at 2-30 next Sunday to take on newly crowned Cavan champions Ramor United. The Breffni title holders won their postponed replayed tilt with Castlerahan 0-10 to 0-8 to claim their first Cavan title in 24 years despite trailing 5-1 after 12 minutes. Just how well Ramor celebrate their Oliver Plunkett Cup success could have an impact on Sunday as Maghery had a week to recover from their undoubted historic celebrations following their victory over St Patrick’s.
With the monkey off their back, as such, having at last getting their just desserts Maghery are well capable of carrying the Armagh flag into the last 4 of this competition and even further. With the big prize already on Lough shore this Maghery side have a lot of football in them with an excellent blend of experience and youth in their midst. The biggest asset manager Shane McConville has brought to their table is discipline, which far too often proved to be their downfall.
On home soil Maghery are taken to advance to the semi-finals at the expense of their Cavan opponents who lack the scoring firepower of their Orchard rivals.