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Armagh set for action after being frozen out

By John Campbell

The organisers of the O'Fiaich Cup have no intention of allowing a sudden drop in temperature to sound the death knell for the competition.

Saturday's Armagh v Louth semi-final was postponed because of a snow-covered pitch in Crossmaglen but has been re-arranged for tomorrow (8.00pm).

Crossmaglen Rangers secretary Gerard Rushe said: "We had no other option. However, the game will go ahead. With Tyrone having won, there is the prospect of an Armagh v Tyrone final."

The inter-provincial football and hurling championship semi-finals fell victim to torrential rain earlier this month and they are expected to come up for discussion at a meeting of the Central Competitions Control Committee on January 12.

Meanwhile, Tyrone title holders Moortown advanced to the semi-final of the Ulster Club minor tournament when they beat Monaghan representatives Donaghmoyne by 2-13 to 3-8 at the St Paul's complex in Belfast.

Jack McGuigan proved inspirational and scored 1-4 while Conan and Rian McLernon were also outstanding.

Moortown will now meet the winners of next Saturday's delayed quarter-final between Crossmaglen Rangers and Rostrevor in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Martin McHugh - a 1992 All-Ireland winner - will now combine his duties as part of the UUJ management team with his new role as Kilcar boss

Charlie McGeever led Clonmel Commercials into the All-Ireland club senior football championship semi-finals when they beat Tir Conaill Gaels by 2-12 to 0-9.

Several Ulster clubs are preparing for action at different levels on the All-Ireland club stage.

Loughinisland will meet Mayo side Hollymount/Carramore in the intermediate football semi-final on January 24 at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan while Rockcorry will take on Ardnaree Sarsfields in the Junior semi-final.

Creggan Kickhams will meet Galway side Abbeyknockmoy in the Intermediate hurling championship semi-final on February 6 while Eoghan Rua, Coleraine will take on Sylane in the Junior Hurling Championship semi-final on January 24.

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