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By Adam McKendry

BBC Northern Ireland have announced they will broadcast four live games from this year's Ulster Senior Football Championship after fears their coverage would be greatly reduced.

Two quarter-final matches will be shown on the iPlayer - Armagh's visit to Fermanagh on May 19 and Down's game against Antrim a week later - with the first semi-final and the final from St Tiernach's Park shown live on BBC Two Northern Ireland.

All the remaining ties, including the preliminary fixture between Donegal and Cavan, will be shown on deferred coverage which will air just after the final whistle, while BBC Radio Ulster will have live commentary of every game.

"We know how important the Championship is to supporters and we can assure fans that we did everything in our power to secure the best deal we could," said BBC Northern Ireland's head of content production Eddie Doyle.

"We know fans understand that sports rights are highly competitive and a lot of what we have been able to do depends on our partnerships with other broadcasters and stakeholders.

"The changing format this year and the availability of games we have the right to broadcast live makes it a very challenging landscape.

"We can assure supporters we remain committed to bringing them the best coverage we can, across all our platforms."

Live games

Fermanagh v Armagh, Saturday May 19, BBC iPlayer

Down v Antrim, Saturday May 26, BBC iPlayer

Semi-Final, Sunday June 3, BBC Two Northern Ireland

Final, Sunday June 24, BBC Two Northern Ireland

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