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Lamh Dhearg in good shape for Junior title triumph

By Declan Bogue

Published 29/10/2016

Class act: Paddy Cunningham can help inspire Lamh Dhearg to victory
Class act: Paddy Cunningham can help inspire Lamh Dhearg to victory

Hannahstown's Lamh Dhearg aim to take a significant step in their recuperation as a hurling force when they face MacCumhaills of Ballybofey in tomorrow's Ulster Junior Hurling final (Owenbeg, 12.30pm throw-in).

Backboned as ever by the wider Herron family, with PJ the captain and former county dual star Michael in the mix, they also have erstwhile county football captain Paddy Cunningham to the fore and Domhnall Nugent.

They will be fancied to take care of Eamon McAuley's Donegal men.

The Ulster Junior Football Championship has a full round of quarter-finals this weekend.

Clonmore are Armagh's representatives and they have been matched with Blackhill of Monaghan (Clones, 2.30pm, tomorrow).

Blackhill made amends for losing the last three Monaghan finals at this level with victory over Sean McDermotts, while Clonmore will look to their leader, Armagh full-back Brendan Donaghy, for inspiration.

Magilligan, conquerors of Drum in the Derry Junior final, take on the picturesque Downings of Donegal (Celtic Park, 12.45pm).

After claiming the Ghaeltacht Championships earlier this year in Cork, Downings will be eager to make headway.

Brewster Park is the venue for Fermanagh's Newtownbutler and Drumgath of Down tomorrow (1.00pm).

Nine years ago, Newtown won the county senior championship and many of the same players such as Ryan Carson and Brendan McBrien are still featuring.

Cornafean, that storied name of Cavan football, are on the rise again and back winning championships. They have a tough assignment tomorrow, though, up against Tyrone champions Rock - featuring Red Hands All-Ireland winner Ciaran Gourley - who won the provincial title at this level in 2007 and 2014. That game is at Kingspan Breffni Park tomorrow (2.30pm).

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