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Tiernan McCann to miss start of Killyclogher bid to keep title

By John Campbell

Killyclogher will begin the defence of their Tyrone Senior Football Championship title against Pomeroy at Dunmoyle today (5.30pm) without the services of dynamic wing-back Tiernan McCann.

An ever-present in the Tyrone side this year, McCann, who has been in particularly outstanding form recently, has a hand injury which sees him miss the game.

With seven different teams having won the county title in the last seven years, Killyclogher are only too well aware that beginning their bid to retain the crown will prove even more difficult in McCann's absence.

However, his brother Conall and Mark Bradley, who are also Tyrone regulars and have been showing their class lately, can help inspire the side against a Pomeroy outfit that will look to the talented McGeary brothers, Hugh Pat and Kieran, along with Frank Burns for leadership.

In an earlier contest today, Coalisland, with the impressive Padraig Hampsey in their ranks, will meet Galbally at Edendork (2pm) and tomorrow there is a particularly attractive crunch clash between the 2013 champions Clonoe and Dromore, who won the title in 2009 and 2011.

It could prove a feisty head to head between two sides who have sampled Championship glory and share a fierce desire for a further helping of it.

Clonoe will be bolstered by the presence of Conor McAliskey, who may get some game time following his return from injury, while Michael O'Neill can prove a commanding presence.

Niall Sludden and Cathal McCarron can underpin Dromore's challenge.

In the first of the Derry Senior Football Championship semi-finals, Greenlough will meet Ballinascreen at Owenbeg today (4.45pm) with the second last-four clash between reigning champions Slaughtneil and Glen taking place at the same venue tomorrow (3.15pm).

Greenlough can take their lead from this year's Derry captain Enda Lynn, while Ballinascreen will look to Benny Heron and Carlus McWilliams for inspiration.

Both have experience at senior county level and can help set the tone for their team's performance. Slaughtneil, who are in search of a fourth successive crown, expect to be at full strength for their clash with Glen which means that the McKaigues, Chrissy and Karl, along with Brendan Rogers, Christopher Bradley and Cormac O'Doherty will be to the fore while Ciaran McFaul, Danny Tallon, Paul Gunning and Stevie O'Hara can help fire up Glen.

The second semi-final of the Fermanagh Championship will also take place tomorrow when Tempo and Devenish go toe to toe at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (2.30pm).

Tempo's Aidan Breen proved a driving force for Fermanagh this year while Darryl Keenan is still a skilful forward and they could bring their influence to bear against a Devenish side that will take their lead from Thomas Tracey and Barry Mulrone.

Also tomorrow, the Armagh Championship will be taken a stage further when St Patrick's (Cullyhanna) meet Whitecross and Crossmaglen Rangers take on Wolfe Tones.

On the hurling front, the last four teams standing in the Antrim Championship will bid to book their places in the final. Today, Ballycastle and Dunloy will meet at Cushendall (5pm) while tomorrow Loughgiel and Cushendall will clash at Dunloy (3.30pm). In the Tyrone senior hurling final tomorrow, Eire Og (Carrickmore) will take on Eoghan Ruadh (Dungannon) at Healy Park, Omagh (2.15pm).

Damien Casey's finishing prowess could well tilt the scales in favour of the Dungannon outfit.

• Trillick soared to a handsome 3-17 to 0-6 win in the Tyrone championship last night with Lee Brennan landing 0-8 while James Garrity scored 2-1.

Meanwhile, in the Fermanagh semi-final it ended all-square with Roslea scoring 1-6 against 0-9 for Derrygonnelly. Conor Quigley scored the only goal of the game.

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