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Fontenoys pair can plot semi-final route



Oisin McManus

Oisin McManus

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Oisin McManus

Liatroim Fontenoys will look to Pearse Og McCrickard and Oisin McManus to underpin their challenge when they face Derry side Lavey in tomorrow's Ulster Intermediate Hurling Club Championship quarter-final at Celtic Park, Derry (2.30)

Both players have already come to the attention of Down boss Marty Mallon and can give a lead against a Lavey side that will include a platoon of experienced players.

In tomorrow's other intermediate quarter-final, Castleblayney will host Antrim side Sarsfields. The Castleblayney side is composed in the main of younger players while Sarsfields represent a fusion of youth and experience.

The quarter-finals of the Ulster Club Junior Hurling Championship have thrown up some interesting pairings. Derry side Na Magha have been making big strides and will be keen to make an impression against Carrickmacross (Monaghan) at Castleblayney (12.45).

Na Magha boast several talented young players in their line-up and could make it through.

Naomh Colum Cille represent Tyrone and they face a daunting task against Cavan representatives Mullahoran at Ballyconnell (2.30).

Ballela have been to the fore at junior level and tomorrow the Down outfit will face Donegal champions Setanta who will include a number of county players in their line-up. The teams will meet at O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny (2.30).

Derrynoose will carry Armagh's hopes into the competition when they meet Antrim side Gort na Mona at Corrigan Park (2.30).

Gort na Mona offer a fusion of youth and experience against a Derrynoose outfit that looked impressive in their domestic campaign.

Belfast Telegraph