CHAMPIONS MONAGHAN TAKE ON DOWN

22 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The draw for the 2016 Ulster Senior Football Championship took place on RTE on Thursday evening last and once again it threw up some intriguing pairings that should again make it the most interesting and most the competitive of all the 4 provincial competitions.

The only certainty following the draw is that Monaghan and Donegal cannot contest a fourth Ulster championship final in a row as they are in the same side of the draw and a semi-final meeting looks the most likely outcome of those early rounds.

Reigning champions Monaghan came out with home advantage over Down in the quarter-final where the winners will play either Donegal, Fermanagh or Antrim. Monaghan though will need no reminding of how tricky Down can be in the Ulster championship as just a couple of short years ago they suffered a devastating defeat to them in the semi-final in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

The preliminary round is a re-run of this year’s meeting between Fermanagh and Antrim, Fermanagh will get the nod to progress there, but, following their achievements this year and their statement of intent they are certainly going to be closely watched.

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath though was not getting carried away in his comments after the draw talking first of the league campaign that is ahead of his side …

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