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GAA: Cream of the crop to contest St Paul's tournament

By John Campbell

The draw for the Northern Bank Ulster Minor Football Club Tournament, which will once again be hosted by the St Paul's club in west Belfast, has been made.

First name out of the hat in the opening round pairings for the Jimmy McConville Cup was that of Donegal champions Four Masters. They will meet newly-crowned Antrim champions O'Donovan Rossa.

This match may be scheduled for Saturday, November 24 as part of a double bill also featuring Fermanagh champions Tempo and either Granemore or St Patrick's who will sort out the Armagh final next Sunday.

Returning yet again to the competition will be former winners Cavan Gaels and they will play either Kilrea or Slaughtneil who meet in the Derry final on Sunday next.

Other former winners Rostrevor from Down are also back once more, this time to face either Castleblayney or Scotstown, while Pomeroy or Errigal-Ciarán, the 2005 winners, will play the winners of the preliminary round.

St Paul's club treasurer Billy McLarnon is among the dedicated group of officials who have helped to ensure the success of the tournament over the course of its 25-year history.

"We are delighted that the cream of the province's talent will be on parade again at St Paul's this year. The competition continues to grow in stature and we are pleased that Northern Bank remain on board as our sponsors," says Billy.

The matches on November 24 will be followed by more games on December 9 and 16.

The first semi-final will also be played on December 16 with the second semi-final on St Stephen's Day and, as usual, the final will be on New Year's Day.

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