Calling the shots: Declan Bogue looks at this weekend's games
ULSTER SENIOR CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
COLERAINE v SCOTSTOWN
(Sunday, Healy Park, 1.30pm)
For most observers, Coleraine are the great unknown, having won their second county title in Derry only this summer.
Scotstown are the illustrious team of the pairing, but Coleraine players have considerable experience at a high level with Derry and are quite unlike any team we have seen at this stage before.
It’s going to be extremely tight, but we see Rory Beggan pulling Scotstown through.
CROSSMAGLEN v GAOTH DOBHAIR
(Sunday, Healy Park, 3.30pm)
FIRST things first — Gaoth Dobhair can win this game.
They will have studied how Coalisland’s ability to run from deep had the Cross defence in bother, and few teams have as good runners as Gaoth Dobhair.
What could prove their undoing is a tendency to drop deep once they find themselves in a commanding position, something that almost cost them dearly in the Donegal final against Naomh Conaill and Cargin in Ulster.
Should they meet fire with fire, they can shock Ulster.
VERDICT: Gaoth Dobhair
ULSTER INTERMEDIATE CLUB
MULLAHORAN v BANAGHER
(Saturday, Athletic Grounds, 5.00pm)
Banagher have shown plenty about them this year, led by veterans Paul Carton and Mark Lynch. Mullahoran’s Intermediate journey is about to come to an end.
ST ENDA’S v TATTYREAGH
(Saturday, Athletic Grounds, 7.00pm)
Tattyreagh are the feel-good story of GAA in Tyrone, a club getting the better of a litany of personal tragedies and giving the people of the area something to cling to.
They took Armagh outfit St Peter’s apart in the semi-final and since that, Mickey Harte has declared he will be taking a closer look at Johnny Harkin in the new year.
VERDICT: St Enda’s
ULSTER JUNIOR CLUB
LIMAVADY v RED HUGH’S
(Saturday, Celtic Park, 7.00pm)
THE progression of Gaelic football in Limavady has been impressive to watch this season, up to the crowning point of their Derry county final win over Moneymore at the start of October.
However, they will have to surmount the loss of the exciting Callum Brown to Australian Rules when this current run ends. Beating Teconnaught of Down and Fermanagh’s Aghadrumsee had brought them to this point where they face the Donegal men of Red Hugh’s on their own turf of Celtic Park.
Beating Emyvale in the semi-final marked Red Hughs as dangerous opponents. But Limavady could have too much energy for them.
ALL-IRELAND LADIES SENIOR SEMI-FINAL
DONAGHMOYNE v FOXROCK-CABINTEELY
(Sunday, Bray Emmets, 1.00pm)
Beaten by St Macartan’s in last year’s Ulster final in Emyvale, you have to admire the ability of Monaghan side Donaghmoyne to come back for more.
With Francie Coleman back in charge and Core Courtney captain, there is something of a last hurrah about their team, who have an average age of 27.
Their Dublin opponents have plenty of experience, with Dubs multiple All-Star Sinead Goldrick the stand out name alongside Sarah Quinn and Niamh Collins.
ALL-IRELAND LADIES INTERMEDIATE SEMI-FINAL
EMMET ÓG v DUNEDIN CONNOLLYS
(Saturday, Aghabog, 1.00pm)
Formed just two years ago, Emmet Óg is a combination of parishes and clubs designed to keep ladies’ football motoring in the Aghabog area.
They reached this stage by virtue of an Ulster final win over Fermanagh’s Kinawley, while the Edinburgh ladies sealed their All-Britain title with victory over Na Gaeil on a 2-11 to 2-9 scoreline.
VERDICT: Emmet Óg
ALL-IRELAND LADIES JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL
TRILLICK v GLANMIRE
(Sunday, Trillick, 1.00pm)
East Cork side Glanmire have been wiping out everything in their road this season.
Their Munster final win over Kilrush was achieved with a whopping 37 points to spare. An All-Ireland quarter-final win over Roger Casements of Coventry went a similar way with the Rebelletes winning 5-21 to 0-1.
Trillick have had unquestionably a harder road to this point. Bolstered by All-Ireland winners Emma Brennan and Cathy Donnelly, they had to come past a tough Lavey side in the Ulster final.
Home advantage should count for something with the Trillick support.