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Monaghan's forward power may prove decisive in Minor decider

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Monaghan and Donegal will meet in the Ulster Minor League (U17) final at Drumragh today (2pm) where the Oriel County will be particularly keen to maintain their recent impressive form.

In overcoming Tyrone by 3-11 to 1-9 in last weekend's semi-final, they showed that they have the fitness and finishing power to make further progress.

In Ryan Farrelly, Jason Irwin, Loughlin Power, Aaron Mulligan, Sean Jones and Donnacha Swinbourne, Monaghan appear to have players who can rack up scores.

Mulligan and Jones were particularly impressive against Tyrone and could prove a handful for the Donegal defence today.

In the Shield final, Derry will take on Down (12pm).

Meanwhile, the Buncrana Cup Blitz will take place at the Tyrone Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey today starting at 11.30am.

Six teams in all will participate with Cavan, Down and Fermanagh in Section A and Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan in Section B.

In the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge, there are three fixtures down for decision in Round 5 Group H.

Antrim and Derry will meet at Dunsilly (12pm) while Fermanagh will host Down at the Bawnmore Centre, Irvinestown (12pm). In the other game, Armagh will take on Tyrone.

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