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Bradley and Fitzsimmons keep an eye on Antrim post

By John Campbell

There is a strong possibility that within the next week, two Ulster counties may be in a position to name new football team managers. The drive to fill the Antrim post will be stepped up today with chairman Jim Murray having already confirmed that with the closing date for nominations having passed, the focus will immediately shift to appointing the best candidate.

It is understood that Liam Bradley, who has been in charge since commencing his second term with the Saffrons in November of last year, and Frankie Fitzsimmons jnr are the frontrunners.

Bradley has been on vacation recently and Murray plans to have talks with both him and Fitzsimmons.

"It has to be remembered that the views of 47 clubs have to be taken on board in terms of this managerial appointment. Obviously we would hope to be able to confirm the appointment shortly," said Murray.

And the Armagh county board is due to meet on Wednesday night when Kieran McGeeney may well be rubber-stamped as successor to Paul Grimley.

McGeeney, who will be part of Tipperary's backroom team for the forthcoming All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny, has made a huge impact as No 2 to Grimley this season and is now primed for a step-up.

Meanwhile, the line-ups for both the Tyrone and Fermanagh senior football championships have been finalised.

Dromore will meet Omagh and Carrickmore will face Ardboe in the last four of the Red Hand county's premier competition following Carrickmore's hard-earned 0-10 to 0-08 victory over Augher in their weekend quarter-final.

Martin Penrose emerged as the winners' hero with seven points while Caolan Daly contributed the other three points with the enterprising Jamie Donnelly landing six points for Augher and Aidan McElroy contributing two in a match that went to extra-time.

The Fermanagh semi-finals look particularly tasty as Roslea take on Ederney and Teemore confront Devenish.

Teemore booked their place in the penultimate stage of the competition when they beat Kinawley by 2-12 to 0-11 at the weekend with Declan Fitzpatrick scoring 1-5.

The Down quarter-final draw reads: Longstone v Saval, Kilcoo v Clonduff, Bryansford v Mayobridge and Castlewellan v Burren.

Clonduff booked their place in the last eight by overcoming Ballyholland by 3-17 to 1-4 yesterday. Arthur McConville was their top scorer with 2-4 while Jason Brown got 0-6.

Shane O'Neill's turned in a stunning second-half performance to beat Killeavy by 2-16 to 2-11 in the Armagh senior championship with substitute Oliver Gaughran landing 2-2 and Paul O'Rourke hitting nine points.

In the Monaghan championship, Latton just managed to squeeze past Magheracloone by 0-12 to 1-8 while Castleblayney Faughs were too strong for Doohamlet, whom they beat by 3-13 to 2-8 after extra-time.

In the All-Ireland junior football championship final, Cavan beat Kerry by 2-14 to 0-14.

And there was further success for Ulster when Down beat Roscommon by 1-11 to 0-7 in the All-Ireland Premier Junior camogie semi-final at Leixlip. They now meet Laois in the final.

In the All-Ireland U16 B Championship final, Waterford beat Derry by 6-17 to 3-5.

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