No less than six Ulster County Finals are to be decided this coming weekend. Add to that Derrygonnelly of Fermanagh meet Scotstown of Monaghan after winning their respective County Finals.
Derrygonnelly hope to get past the more experienced Scotstown club in their bid to be Fermanagh’s first Senior Ulster Club Champions. The Harps, won their fourth Fermanagh title in a row this season and will hope to go at least one step further than last years semi-final defeat to Cavan Gaels. Scotstown also won four in a row this year. Beaten Ulster Club finalists in 2015, they lost out early in 2016 and 2017. The Winners will meet Burren who won the Down Championship last weekend.
At least Derrygonnelly won’t have to meet Slaughtneil who defeated them in ’15 and ’16. The Jones brothers will have to be on their game if they are to beat a Scotstown team containing County stars Rory Beggan, Conor McCarthy, Shane Carey and Darren & Kieran Hughes. I think in a tight game Scotstown’s greater experience of the Ulster Club championship will prevail.
These two sides have massive dislike as well as respect for each other. There’s no doubt Cargin are the Championship team here but Creggan beat them by 18 points to win the Division One title last weekend. Cargin will still be favourites against the rapidly improving Kickhams. Creggans first final appearance since the ’70’s and the chance to win a title they last won in 1954 might be a task too far. The Club have made massive strides in recent years in both codes and must be respected. If there is a big upset this weekend this could be it.
Cross are in their 1st final since 2015. For most clubs no big deal but for Cross this is a massive drought. Cross are looking to add Armagh Title no 44. Ballymacnab’s only previous final appearance was against Crossmaglen and they lost by over 20 points. The Athletic Grounds is like a second home to the Cross players and its hard to see them letting this chance to re-assert themselves over the rest of Armagh disappear.
Again a fairytale story here. Lavey are hoping to win their first Derry Senior Football Title in over a quarter of a century. They face Coleraine who are hoping for a second title and knocked out recent Ulster Stalwarts in Slaughtneil. It looks a step too far for Lavey but again they have a punchers chance. Although I hope it doesn’t come to that. Thats brings us onto the Tyrone final.
At Healy Park in Omagh, we see a repeat of the 2016 final. That day Killyclogher won their second Tyrone title. Coalisland are slight favourites but I cant pick between the two. It may be who keeps their discipline better on the day.
Gweedore are going for a record 15th County title. Naomh Conaill are in their second successive final. They lost out last year to Kilcar but have already gained revenge there and could go one step further this weekend. The market suggests otherwise and have Gweedore as hot favourites.
This is an historic first final meetings between these two sides. Crosserlough have come from nowhere to contest the final. I don’t think many believed they would get to this stage. Castlerahan have lost out in the last three Cavan finals. I think it maybe fourth time lucky and so do the books.
So what a weekend of Ulster Football in store for us. There’s also numerous Intermediate football finals on. If you can’t catch a final live then make sure you read the match reports afterwards.