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Fermanagh and Louth face off in dress rehearsal for league semi-finals

In charge: Former Tyone favourite Collie Holmes
In charge: Former Tyone favourite Collie Holmes
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Fermanagh and Louth are due to meet in Division Four of the Ladies' National League in a phoney war type game.

Already, both sides have reached the league semi-finals for the basement division so there is an element of phoney war about the tie, but with both sides having identical records, the temptation to lay down a marker battles against the need to rotate the squad and give some gametime to fringe players. The game is in Glen Emmetts in Louth tomorrow (2pm).

Cavan face Kerry away in Fitzgerald Stadium tomorrow (noon), knowing that if they win, the teams will face each other in the Division Two final.

The finals of the Jim McGuigan Cup and Shield - the league competition for county minor (under 17) teams - take place this weekend.

Monaghan face Tyrone today (noon), with the game hosted by Glen, Maghera.

Tyrone are managed by former All-Ireland winner Collie Holmes, who was in charge of the under-17 team that won the All-Ireland at that level a couple of years back.

This is ideal preparation for the Red Hand lads, who are out in the Ulster Championship just two weeks later against Donegal in Ballybofey on April 27.

In the Jim McGuigan Shield final, Down and Sligo meet in Clones today (noon).

Down have won three out of four group games, but were beaten by Monaghan in the Cup semi-final.

They accounted for Armagh, 3-5 to 1-8, Derry by a goal on a 2-8 to 1-8 scoreline, while they hammered Antrim 8-11 to 1-4.

Sligo were only beaten by Tyrone while they beat Fermanagh and Donegal and drew with Cavan.

It promises to be an intriguing weekend of action.

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