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No old pals act for Eglish duo in final

By John Campbell

It's not often that two players from the same club get to captain their counties in a provincial final.

But that's precisely what will happen at the Athletic Grounds when Eglish club mates Ciara Donnelly and Ciara McGready lead Armagh and Tyrone respectively into the Ulster Intermediate Camogie final tomorrow (12.15pm).

McGready has been at the helm of a Tyrone side that has made headway this year and will go into the game as favourites.

But Donnelly will lead the Orchard County against a rather more contrasting backdrop.

Earlier in the year, they struggled to field a team and only the perseverance of county camogie board chairperson Paula McGuigan helped to ensure that they stayed afloat.

Indeed, she combines her duties as chairperson with those of a member of the management team alongside former county hurlers Jim McCormick and Paddy McArdle.

"We had problems at the start of the year so getting to this final is a bonus for us," explained McGuigan. "We have a very young side but they are keen. We are fortunate that Jim and Paddy are on board as their help and encouragement are proving invaluable."

Donnelly leads by splendid example and can be expected to set the tone for what McGuigan hopes will be a wholehearted display.

"We will be playing in front of a big crowd at the Athletic Grounds and that should help to bring out the best in our team," she stated.

Meanwhile, Armagh and Down will meet in the first round of the U16 Ulster Championship at Clonduff tomorrow evening (6.00pm).

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