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Antrim and Derry can make it a unique match-up in Junior final

By Declan Bogue

Neighbours Antrim and Derry can make it a rather unique pairing in the ladies' All-Ireland Junior football final, should they come through their respective semi-finals in Dublin.

Antrim have London at the home ground of Fingallians on Sunday with throw-in at 1.30pm, while later at 3.15pm at the same venue, Derry face Longford.

Elsewhere, Monaghan ladies have the toughest gig of all in the game, when they face Cork in the senior All-Ireland semi-final (Saturday, Gaelic Grounds Limerick, 5pm).

Last September the Rebelletes sealed their fifth consecutive All-Ireland title, but Monaghan will look to their north of the county contingent of Therese Scott, and Eimear and Ciara McAnespie, along with captain Laura McEnaney (below) to upset the odds.

In club championships, it is another bumper weekend across Ulster. Antrim host their football quarter-finals, while the meeting of Newbridge and defending champions Slaughtneil is the pick of the clashes in Derry.

Trillick begin their defence of the fiercely-fought Tyrone Championship on Sunday when they take on Eglish in Augher.

Last year's losing finalists Killyclogher face Errigal Ciaran, who are now under the management of Pascal Canavan, and recent winners also clash when Clonoe take on Omagh.

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