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Donegal make one change in battle for place in the decider


Switch: Shannon McLaughlin starts for Donegal
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Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Holders Donegal and Cavan fight it out today for the right to play Armagh in the final of the TG4 Ulster Championship.

There's one change on the Donegal team that beat Tyrone in the preliminary round, with Shannon McLaughlin coming in at corner back in place of Roisin Rogers.

McLaughlin replaced Rogers at half-time in the Tyrone game as Donegal advanced to face Cavan at Killyclogher (7pm).

Cavan's last competitive fixture was the Lidl NFL Division 2 semi-final loss to Waterford on April 21.

The reshuffled team for the clash with Donegal shows three changes from the starting 15 that lined out against the Déise, with Kate McIntyre, Rachel Doonan and Sheila Reilly named in a new-look full-back line.

They come in for Shanise Fitzsimons, Mona Sheridan and Geraldine Sheridan, who started against Waterford.

Mona Sheridan lined out in the half-back line in Cavan's previous outing, while Fitzsimons and Geraldine Sheridan played in attack.

The players filling jerseys numbered two, three and four against Waterford, namely Laura Fitzpatrick, Shauna Lynch and Neasa Byrd, have been named in more advanced positions for the Breffni County's 2019 Championship bow.

Before that, at 5pm at Killyclogher, holders Derry face Antrim in the Ulster Junior Championship semi-final, with the winners to tackle Fermanagh in the final on June 30.

Fermanagh beat Antrim last weekend but the Saffrons have a second bite of the cherry against the Oak Leafers.

In camogie, Down's bid to go one further than last year begins in earnest today when they face Tipperary in round one of the Intermediate Championship group games at The Ragg, in Bouladuff (3pm).

The Mourne ladies made it to the final in Croke Park last year but after a strange sending off for Fionnuala Carr, their challenge against Cork died off somewhat.

A fortnight ago they retained their Ulster title with a win over Antrim.

A solid first half showing left them able to absorb something of a revival in the second half from the Saffron girls.

Elsewhere, Antrim get going when they make the long trip to Athenry to take on Galway (today, 3pm).

The two were in the same group during the National League, but the Connacht side topped the section while Antrim could only finish second from bottom.

If Katie McAleese, scorer of eight points in the Ulster final, has her eye in, they can get something from this.

Finally, Derry host Laois today at Swatragh (5pm).

They were unlucky against Down in their Ulster semi-final in the Athletic Grounds and, given the chances they had, should have made it a fair bit closer than a flattering five-point margin.

Cavan (v Donegal): E Walsh; K McIntyre, R Doonan, S Reilly; S Greene, S Lynch, J Moore; S O'Sullivan, N Byrd; A Gilsenan, A Maguire, D English; C Finnegan, A Sheridan, L Fitzpatrick.

Donegal (v Cavan): A McColgan; A.M. McGlynn, E Gallagher, S McLaughlin; N Carr, N McLaughlin, T Doherty; K Herron, E McGinley; K Guthrie, K Keeney, A Boyle Carr; N Hegarty, G McLaughlin, S McGroddy.

Antrim (v Derry): A McCann; N Killen, M Hanna, O Ní Chorra; K Farren, A McFarland, S Tennyson; C Brown, L Dahunsi; C Taggart, M McCurdy, N Jones; M Cooper, N Enright, A Taggart.

Derry (v Antrim): K Connery; H Mullan, C Glass, N Browne; G Conway, O McEvoy, A Frizelle; D Kivlehan, A McGough; R Curran, C Moore, Enya Doherty; Emma Doherty, D Donnelly, K Holly.

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