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In hand: Paddy Cunningham
In hand: Paddy Cunningham
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Yet another battle of the blues is set to pack out a venue in Tyrone, as Coalisland put their county Championship title on the line in tomorrow's meeting with Killyclogher in Carrickmore.

The venue plays host to a mouth-watering double-header with Trillick facing Clonoe as the curtain-raiser in front of what will surely be a crowd at busting point.

Coalisland have faced Killyclogher a number of times in recent years, including the county final of 2018 and final and replay in 2016.

Those two games make up half of this weekend's quarter-final schedule, the others being the meeting of Edendork and Carrickmore and today's clash between Errigal Ciaran and Omagh.

It's semi-final weekend in the Antrim Senior Championship and all eyes will be on the meeting of old enemies St Gall's and Cargin.

The Toomebridge side have won three out of the last four years, and to give some context, the Antrim Championship has resided over the winter at either Cargin or St Gall's in 19 of the last 20 years.

In the other semi, surprise package Portglenone meet a Lamh Dhearg side that is expected to progress with veteran Paddy Cunningham in red-hot form.

In the Hurling Championship, the replay of Cushendall and St John's takes place at Dunloy tomorrow.

The Armagh Championship is down to the last eight. Pearse Óg face Ballymacnab, Granemore have Madden, recent champions Maghery face Cullyhanna and the up and coming Silverbridge have Crossmaglen.

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