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Donegal and Antrim wave flag for Ulster in quest for knockout joy

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Two Ulster counties will be involved in the pursuit of All-Ireland honours in different codes this weekend.

Tomorrow at Markievicz Park, Sligo, Donegal will square up to Galway in the Lidl Ladies National Football League semi-final (2pm) while today Antrim will take on Kildare in the All-Ireland Minor 'B' Camogie final at Grattan Park, Inniskeen (2pm).

Donegal topped the table after the Division One league stages, their final round defeat of fancied Mayo cementing the belief that they have acquired additional cohesion and flair.

Much of their success has been built on a strong defence, more than ably led by Ciara Hegarty.

Their midfield partnership of Glenfin pair Katie Herron and Karen Guthrie is arguably the best in the game right now while Geraldine McLaughlin and Yvonne McMonagle form a lethal strike force up front.

Antrim, meanwhile, will look to the free-scoring Caoimhe Wright to underpin their attacking strategy against Kildare.

Even though they will be missing stars such as Aine Donnelly and Torie Edgar, the young Saffrons look to have the pace and poise to come out on top against a Kildare side about which the Ulster champions' manager Sean Paul McKillop admits he knows "very little".

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