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Fighting fit: Brendan Rogers
Fighting fit: Brendan Rogers
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

The Ulster senior club hurling semi-finals are not due to be played until October 27, but unlike the football counterparts, championships will be run off in the counties in good time with deciders on the slate this weekend in Down, Derry and Antrim.

Portaferry meet last year's champions Ballycran in the Down decider tomorrow, hosted by Ballygalget at 3.30pm.

In the group stages Portaferry managed to beat both Ballycran and Ballygalget after extra-time, but that has only gifted Gary Savage's men with extra motivation ahead of the county showpiece day.

It's a big weekend for the Portaferry club as they also have their camogs facing county champions Clonduff in the county final today, that game being hosted by Drumaness at 2pm.

In Derry, it is old enemies Kevin Lynch's and Slaughtneil in their county decider tomorrow, Owenbeg at 4.30pm.

Slaughtneil most certainly have the upper hand having won the last six titles.

Last year a number of their key performers played through injury including Brendan Rogers.

Lynch's lost one league game all season, and that was to Slaughtneil on a scoreline of 4-19 to 1-17.

They will look to young talent such as Richie Mullan, while seasoned campaigners Mark Craig and Liam Óg and Kevin Hinphey will be to the fore.

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