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Declan Bogue: Hurling crunches finally get go ahead

 

Last Saturday, the St Enda's decider against Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon, set for Owenbeg, was called off not long before it was due to begin, after the pitch was declared unplayable (stock photo)
Last Saturday, the St Enda's decider against Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon, set for Owenbeg, was called off not long before it was due to begin, after the pitch was declared unplayable (stock photo)
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

A few anxious glances may have been thrown at the online weather forecasts for Dungannon and Derry this week, as the Ulster hurling finals get ready to be played off at the second time of asking.

Last Saturday, the St Enda's decider against Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon, set for Owenbeg, was called off not long before it was due to begin, after the pitch was declared unplayable.

It was the same story in Belfast, where Eoghan Rua of Coleraine were set to meet Newry Shamrocks in the Junior decider.

However, with yesterday providing a nice bit of chilly sunshine and no rain forecast it appears both games are going to go ahead.

In today's game, Coleraine and their sizeable contingent of dual players will continue to be entertained through the winter. They had reached the 2016 All-Ireland Junior decider, losing to Glenmore, before continuing that year long into the depths of November when they lost the Ulster Intermediate final to St Brigid's of Cloughmills.

Newry Shamrocks have taken out Gort Na Mona and Sean Treacys on their way to this final. They are managed by their goalkeeper Ronan Sheehan who is also the county senior manager.

Artie McGuinness remains a lightning rod for them in attack and will be worth watching.

Tomorrow, St Enda's of Glengormley will be in action against Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon in the Intermediate final at Celtic Park, throw in at 1pm.

This game acts as the curtain-raiser for the Intermediate club football semi-final between Galbally and St Naul's and it's certainly a high-risk strategy in November, although one that suits supporters.

Dungannon had most to lose with last week's postponement. They have defender Padraig McHugh travelling from Frankfurt, where he works, to make training and matches.

Both teams got back to training this week.

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