22 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A bumper weekend of club football championship action sees no less than ten key games take place between tomorrow and Sunday. Topping the bill is Sunday’s Greenfield Foods SFC semi-final double-header in Clones, which starts with the meeting of Ballybay and Truagh. Having had a bye in the last round of the group stage, Ballybay have gone three weeks without a competitive game ahead of this meeting with a battle-hardened Truagh side.

A pair of one-point wins put Ballybay in pole position in Group Two and although an understrength Pearse Brothers side lost to Castleblayney in round three, they produced their best performance of the year to date to win away to Latton last time out. Recent games have underlined the importance of Dessie Ward to Ballybay’s chances, as he missed the loss to Blayney, before returning to score a hat-trick against Latton.

Truagh are at this stage for the first time in 15 years and although they were well short of their fluent best for long spells of last week’s quarter-final win over Clontibret, all that mattered for them was the result, which they secured with a late burst of 1-3 without reply. Paudie McKenna has made a timely return to fitness for Pascal Canavan’s side, who will need more from Oran McElligott and Gary Mohan up front. Christopher McKenna could return to the starting team for Truagh, who are bidding to reach their first…

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