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Neil Forester out to help earn Steelstown a spot in Ulster Club Intermediate final

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Neil Forester during his days on the Derry panel. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Neil Forester during his days on the Derry panel. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Neil Forester during his days on the Derry panel. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Philip Magowan

Former Derry player Neil Forester is still very much in the hunt for honours now that his Steelstown club have reached the semi-finals of the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship in which they will meet Cavan title holders Butlersbridge at Ederney today (1pm).

The experienced Forester is helping to pull the strings within a side that registered an impressive quarter-final win over Monaghan side Donaghmoyne (4-13 to 2-7) and in the process underlined its firepower.

If Forester is a creative force, then Ben McCarron and Donnacha Gilmore are accomplished finishers who have shown an insatiable hunger for scores to date.

Eoghan Bradley and Ryan Devine are other key players in a team which appears to have grown in confidence as the Intermediate Championship has unfurled. But Steelstown must be on their guard today against a Butlersbridge that showed in winning the Cavan title they are a strong, robust side who place emphasis on attacking play.

In overcoming Down champions An Riocht in the quarter-finals (2-14 to 2-11), Butlersbridge showed considerable resilience and verve, holding their nerve in a tense closing phase to clinch their place in the last-four.

In today’s other semi-final, Tyrone champions Moortown St Malachy’s will take on Tir na nOg, Randalstown at Ballinderry (1pm).

Moortown have looked impressive to date and in Padraig O’Hagan, Peter Devlin, Shaun Conway, Con Herron and Paul Quinn they have players who are very capable of stepping up to the mark.

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The team certainly showed skill and grit in winning the Tyrone title but in Tir na nOg they will be confronting a fiery, well-balanced side that has been exhibiting a deft scoring touch to date.

Tomorrow, Donegal side Downings will take on Cavan champions Denn in the Ulster Junior Club Football Championship final at Clones (1pm).

Both teams have charted impressive courses to the decider with Denn creating an upset of sorts when they overcame Derry champions Desertmartin in last weekend’s tense semi-final (2-7 to 1-9).

Denn showed character and skill in coming out on top with Cavell Keogan, Caolan McCabe and Thomas Edward Donohue leading the way in an exciting contest. Downings, though, are not without their complement of marksman. Into this category come Lorcan Connor, Kyle McFadden and Keelan McGroddy.

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