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Bradley ruled out of Ulster showpiece

Derry manager John Brennan is today pondering his attacking options for Sunday’s Ulster final against Donegal now that he will be without the mercurial Eoin Bradley.

The Glenullin clubman has been ruled out because of a cruciate injury, the full extent of which has still to be revealed.

His brother Paddy was forced out of the championship earlier in the season because of a troublesome hamstring injury.

Brennan may now choose to play the marauding Mark Lynch at full-forward and bring Ciaran McGoldrick, Declan Mullan, Ciaran Mullan or Emmet McGuckin into the half-forward line.

Alternatively, he could introduce Caolan O’Boyle, who came on as a substitute in the semi-final win over Armagh, at full-forward alongside Conleith Gilligan.

“It would be like Donegal going in against us without Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden,” said Derry spokesman Chris McCann.

“When you think of the magnificent service the Bradleys have given Derry for a decade and now they are both going to miss our biggest Ulster match since 2000.”

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Meanwhile, the All Ireland football qualifier second round replay between Wicklow and Armagh and the three round three ties scheduled for Saturday will all commence at 7pm

There were protests from Carlow and Wicklow in relation to the starting times of the matches in which they were involved last Saturday and the Central Competitions Control Committee has now decided that all matches should now commence simultaneously.

Tyrone, who are due to meet the winners of the Wicklow v Armagh clash in the third round, will subsequentally have a free weekend.

Saturday’s All Ireland Football Qualifiers: Rd Two (replay): Wicklow v Armagh (Aughrim 7.00);Rd Three: Antrim v Down (Casement Park 7.00), Meath v Kildare (Navan 7.00), Limerick v Waterford (Limerick 7.00)

All Ireland Hurling Championship Quarter-finals: Sun July 24: Dublin v Limerick (Thurles 2.00), Waterford v Galway (Thurles 4.00). All Ireland Hurling Championship Semi-Finals: Sun Aug 7: Kilkenny v Quarter-Final Winner (Croke Park). Sun Aug 14: Tipperary v Quarter-Final Winner (Croke Park).

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