St Ronan's face a stiff derby test in bid to retain colleges' trophy
Holders St Ronan's College, Lurgan had not quite bargained for an Orchard County derby against St Patrick's, Armagh as they continue the defence of the Ulster Colleges' MacRory Cup which they won for the first time last year.
But now that the die has been cast, St Colman's joint coach David Wilson, the former Armagh county ace, believes that the match will have particular appeal for fans.
"While we enjoyed a tremendous surge in winning both the MacRory Cup and the Hogan Cup last year, this is a whole new ball game," says Wilson.
Along with Mickey Donnelly and Colm Fegan, he has his team at concert pitch for tomorrow's contest at the Athletic Grounds (5.00pm) where four members of last season's all-conquering side - Luke Mulholland, Tiernan Kelly, Adam Loughran and Eoin McConville - will again be in action.
Mark Harte, son of legendary Tyrone boss Mickey, is in charge of the St Patrick's side and he will look to two players from his own county, Michael Conroy (Moy) and Michael McGleenan (Eglish), to fire up the team's challenge.
In tomorrow's other quarter-finals, St Michael's Enniskillen will meet Abbey CBS, Newry at St Tiernach's Park, Clones (1.00pm) while Omagh CBS and St Colman's, Newry cross swords also at Clones (2.30pm).