GAA Football

Busy week for Ulster Schools as semi-final schedules set for decision

Séamas McAleenan

There is a flurry of Ulster Schools' football activity this week as the half-term approaches and the Ulster Schools Council (USC) hopeful of having the semi-final line-ups complete in the four senior competitions.

The first of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup quarter-finals is set for tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) evening in Healy Park, Omagh with the holders St Mary's Magherafelt playing the local CBS side.

On Friday the action switches to Castleblayney with back-to-back Danske Bank MacCormack Cup champions St Ronan's Lurgan taking on Patrician High Carrickmacross, while on Saturday afternoon Augher (2.30pm) is the venue for a fancied St Patrick's Maghera against St Michael's Enniskillen.

The last quarter-final, the all-Armagh clash in the Atheltic Grounds between St Patrick's Armagh and St Paul's Bessbrook has been set up for a 7.30pm throw-in on Monday next.

Meanwhile St Eunan's Letterkenny and Our Lady's and St Patrick's Knock are already through to the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup semi-finals and the other two quarter-finals go ahead on Friday evening.

The Scoileanna Inis Eoghain tie with 2015 winners Our Lady's Castleblayney is a 5.30pm throw-in at Garvaghey, while half an hour later last year's beaten finalists Holy Trinity Cookstown will test St Patrick's Downpatrick in Lurgan.

The draws for both the Danske Bank MacRory and MacLarnon Cup semi-finals will take place next Monday evening after the MacRory game in the Athletic Grounds.

St Joseph's Donaghmore are the first team through to the Danske Bank Markey Cup semi-finals after a 2-15 to 1-12 win over Pobalscoil na Rosann Dungloe.

Two more games should be sorted tomorrow with Carndonagh CS facing St Malachy's Belfast and St Columb's Derry taking on St Columba's Stranorlar.

And the last of the quarter-finals sees the fourth Donegal side, Coláiste na Carraige play St Patrick's Keady on Friday in Bawnacre.

Three of the four Danske Bank O'Doherty Cup quarter-finals are also scheduled for tomorrow. Dean Maguirc, Carrickmore will play Ballybay CC, Lumen Christi Derry face Magh Ene, Bundoran and St Clare's, Ballyjamesduff take on St. Catherine's, Killybegs.

The last quarter-final between Aquinas Grammar and Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny looks like going ahead on Friday.

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