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Ulster starlets ready to shine as the battle for title joy hots up

By John Campbell

A raft of Ulster's most exciting young football talent will be on parade when the semi-finals of the Paul McGirr U16 Club Champions Memorial Tournament are hosted by the St Dympna's, Dromore club this weekend.

Today, O'Donovan Rossa (Magherafelt) and St Eunan's (Letterkenny) will lock horns in the first semi-final (12pm) while tomorrow, Tyrone title holders Killeshill will take on Down champions Warrenpoint in the second last-four tie (2.30pm).

Under a management team led by Oliver Monaghan, the O'Donovan Rossa side play a fast, attacking brand of football with Peter Tohill and Patrick McLarnon their defensive pillars while their midfield pairing of Cormac Murphy and Caolan Coyle provide power and penetration.

Up front, Cathal Martin, Aidan O'Loughlin and Eoghan Hawe will aim to fire on all cylinders.

St Eunan's demolished Derrygonnelly in their quarter-final but may not find scores quite so easy to come by today.

However, they will still present a serious threat and Conor O'Domhnaill and Darragh Ellison are key players in the Letterkenny side's attack.

In tomorrow's semi-final, Killeshill will hope to repeat the form they showed in beating Cavan champions Crosserlough by 6-18 to 6-14, with Thomas Hoy helping himself to 2-10.

Hoy will again be a central figure tomorrow along with the half-back line of Louis Conlon, Cormac Skeffington and Niall Loughran.

Down kings Warrenpoint, meanwhile, will be looking to Eoin Carr, Ryan Haughey, Aaron McBurney and Kohree Hourican for inspiration.

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