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We can set a hot pace in bid to secure place in decider, says McHugh

 

By John Campbell

Tattyreagh manager Stephen McHugh is urging his side to go through their paces in more ways than one when they confront Donegal champions Naomh Colmcille in tonight's Ulster Junior Football Championship semi-final at Celtic Park, Derry (6.30pm).

McHugh has watched his side blossom this year but believes that what he views as their biggest asset could prove crucial if they are to reach the provincial decider.

"We have plenty of pace and we need to use it tonight. It's important that we show no let-up in our intensity," stressed McHugh.

James Darcy, Eoghain Murray, Joe Cartin, Gary Mimnagh and Jarlath McDonagh will all have key roles for Tattyreagh.

In tomorrow's All-Ireland ladies intermediate and junior football semi-finals, Latton and Corduff hope to do Ulster proud when they take on Dunboyne and Cuala respectively.

Latton skipper Ailbhe Quinn leads a side which possesses fine players in Joanne Culleton, Shannon Conlan and Emile Culleton.

Corduff host Dublin side Cuala and they will be aiming to build on their 2-15 to 1-10 quarter-final win over Kerry Kingdom Gaels. Laura McEnaney and Barbara Ward are key figures in their line-up.

The Spirit of Paul McGirr tournament continues to serve up fascinating fare and today's semi-finals in this under-16 competition look tantalising.

In the first tie (12.00), Derrygonnelly will be hoping to make a big breakthrough at under-age level when they face Crossmaglen Rangers.

They looked assured in overcoming Ghaoth Dobhair but they will have their work cut out to overcome a Rangers side that is managed by Gene O'Callaghan and Tim Gregory.

In the other semi-final (2.30), Carrickmore will carry the Tyrone flag when they take on Down side Kilcoo.

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