Monaghan aiming for fourth title in a row
The Ulster Bank Inter County U18 Vocational Schools Final takes place at Healy Park, Omagh this afternoon (1pm) when Monaghan lay their title on the line against old adversaries Donegal.
It’s a repeat of the previous three Ulster finals with Monaghan coming out on top each time and they are favourites to make it four in a row and collect their fifth title in all at this level.
Donegal no doubt will have something to say about that as they bid to add to their 11 Ulster titles.
Monaghan made it through to the final by virtue of a hard earned 2-12 to 2-8 win over Tyrone last Friday in Donagh when they displayed all the qualities that are needed of champions.
They were slow out of the blocks when falling four points behind but goals either side of half time from Adam Treanor and David Freeman helped put them in control and they never looked back.
They will look for big performances today from the likes of Eoin Coyle, Ciaran McCaffery, Jonathan McGuigan, Thomas Kerr and Conor Lavelle.
Donegal last won the Ulster crown in 2002 and they will be eager to shake off the bridesmaid tag of recent times when they have come up just short against the Farney County.
They didn’t have to get out of first gear to beat a disappointing Derry side 4-18 to 0-8 in their semi-final at Steelstown a couple of weeks ago.
Anthony Blair, Rory Gillen, Daryl White, John O’Malley and Patrick McBrearty will lead their challenge but it could well be disappointment for them yet again.