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Stars of future set to show class at St Paul’s

The recent arctic weather may have taken its toll on the Northern Bank Ulster Minor Club Football tournament currently being hosted by St Paul’s at their west Belfast headquarters — but the organisers are aiming to make up for lost time.

The remaining two quarter-final ties will be decided today when Kilcar (Donegal) and Shane O’Neill’s (Armagh) cross swords (1.00pm) while in the other clash Fermanagh champions Aughadrumsee take on Antrim’s Lamh Dhearg (1.30pm).

Kilcar will certainly fancy their chances against Shane O’Neill’s because of the power and pace that players like David Gillespie, Conal Gilmore and Patrick McBrearty bring to their side but the Orchard County outfit can look to Ryan Evans, Damian Coyle and Gavin Kane for inspiration. They may have created something of a shock in winning the Armagh Minor crown but the Camlough side has grown in confidence since then.

Former Fermanagh ace Ciaran Carey is at the helm of an Aughadrumsee side that will meet a stiff challenge against Lamh Dhearg who showed their mettle by disposing of defending champions Omagh St Enda’s in the opening round.

In that game, Mark McGarry proved a superb marksman for Lamh Dhearg and he could be a hot handful for the Aughadrumsee defence today.

The first semi-final will be staged tomorrow (1.30pm) when Kildoo (Down) take on Magherafelt (Derry). Kilcoo have already overcome Monaghan champions Clontibret, while Magherafelt disposed of Cavan Gaels.

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