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St Gall's edging closer to seven in a row

By Declan Bogue

St Gall's continue their quest for seven consecutive Antrim Senior Football Championships this weekend when they make the short trip to Corrigan Park to take on St Paul's today at 5.30pm.

In recent weeks, the Milltown men have been bolstered by the return of Kevin McGourty and it seems inconceivable that they will be denied a place in the final.

In the other semi-final, Cargin take on Creggan this evening at Ahoghill at 6.30pm. Two points adrift at the top of the league with two games in hand, Cargin will be favourites to set up a final meeting and another crack at St Gall's.

The most keenly-anticipated tie in the first round of the Tyrone Championship is the meeting of Trillick and Ardboe, with Pomeroy hosting their clash today at 6pm.

At the same time as that game, Augher and Donaghmore meet in Loughmacrory, while Derrylaughan play 2010 champions Coalisland in Edendork tomorrow at 6pm.

Perhaps the most keenly-contested Championship in Ulster –Derry – is at quarter-final stage, with Ballinderry Shamrocks putting their title on the line against Kilrea today (Owenbeg, 5.30pm).

That game forms one-third of a triple header at the superbly-appointed county training ground and the hosting of such bumper gates will undoubtedly strengthen the case against hosting showcase matches in Celtic Park.

A meeting of the Loup and Coleraine will begin at 2pm, and Dungiven and Ballinascreen will take to the field at 7pm.

Elsewhere, the other quarter-final is between Glenullin who face Lavey in Swatragh today at 2.30pm.

Roslea Shamrocks take on Ederney St Joseph's in Brewster Park today (throw-in 7.30pm) in the Fermanagh semi-final. The other semi-final takes place tomorrow in the same venue, throw-in at 7pm, between Derrygonnelly Harps and Belcoo O'Rahilly's.

Group stages of club Championships are also in progress in Cavan and Monaghan.

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