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Monaghan expecting to take care of Saffrons in Ulster minor Championship



Forward thinking: Leitrim’s Jamie Clarke may be up front

Forward thinking: Leitrim’s Jamie Clarke may be up front

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Forward thinking: Leitrim’s Jamie Clarke may be up front

Only one game in the Ulster minor Championship this weekend, when Antrim host Monaghan in round one of the qualifiers in Corrigan Park on Saturday (throw-in 2pm).

Monaghan lost to Derry after extra-time in Celtic Park the first day out, but have a serious team that could well pose problems at the business end of the Championship.

Meanwhile, opponents Antrim lost in their opener last weekend to Fermanagh and had two red cards into the bargain.

The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship gets underway in earnest this weekend, with two ties in Connacht.

There will be a lot of interest in what transpires in the Bronx on Sunday evening, when New York take on Leitrim.

Justin O'Halloran's squad are reportedly as well prepared as any New York team have been in this, the 20th time they have entered the All-Ireland race. Leitrim had a ropey league campaign in Division Four, conceding a game against London and not even concluding their regular games programme due to the bout of bad weather. This is a game they could be vulnerable in.

Former Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers star Jamie Clarke is named to start at centre-forward, but could move inside.

It's a strong side, with Neil Collins and Enda Williams of Roscommon, along with Dalton McDonagh of Meath all bringing recent intercounty experience to the fore.

Elsewhere, London are hosting Sligo in their magnificently-appointed McGovern Park in Ruislip.

Under Ciaran Deely, London have a number of backroom staff from Deely's contacts in the world of soccer, with QPR, Watford and Millwall employees.

Finally, Cavan ladies are in action against Tipperary in the National League Division Two final, that game host at Parnell Park on Sunday at 2pm.

Belfast Telegraph