MONAGHAN’S ASSAULT ON ULSTER CONTINUES

28 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By COLM SHALVEY

The JFL Final and Ulster Club championships will be competing for attention on an action-packed Sunday afternoon.

Promotion will be on the line when Seán McDermotts and Toome contest the Eurotech Junior Football League Final at the recently-redeveloped Gavan Duffy Park, Monaghan on Sunday.

Both teams won dramatic semi-finals last Sunday, with Seán McDermotts repeating their championship defeat of Clones thanks to a goal deep into added time, while Toome reversed their loss to neighbours Blackhill.

The Seáns ran out ten-point winners at Toome in the JFL back in April, but they had the tables turned on them in Threemilehouse at the end of August. Toome ended up topping the Cup section of the league and their extra-time championship exit at the hands of the eventual JFC winners is their only defeat in eight games.

Toome will hope that run of form will give them the momentum to end their long sojourn in junior, while their opponents will be looking to take their second chance to return to the intermediate ranks.

The Seáns struggled to contain Blackhill’s Mickey and Tommy Geehan in particular in the championship final and this game will hinge largely on whether they can cope better with Toome’s forwards, particularly county minor James Wilson. Frank Connolly, Seán McMahon and Gary Wilson are other key men for Toome, while the Seáns will need Damien Larkin, Niall Kearns, Paddy Kieran, Brian McQuaid and James Treanor on form.

Also on Sunday, there is an abundance of provincial club action. Donaghmoyne travel to Newry to launch their first Ulster Club IFC campaign with a quarter-final tie against Down side Bredagh.

South-Belfast club Bredagh won their first Down IFC title in impressive fashion, crushing a fancied An Ríocht in the final. Bredagh already have an Ulster win to their name …
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