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Pivotal weekend of GAA club action

CLUB KINGS: Derrygonnelly and Sluaughtneil are just two of the sides hoping to avoid elimination Picture Margaret McLaughlin
By Padraig Kelly

A PIVOTAL weekend of Club Championship action throws in this evening with key ties taking place in a number of counties.

In Fermanagh, Derrygonnelly Harps will attempt to reach their fourth consecutive county final as they meet Devenish at Brewster Park in a repeat of last year’s decider with Ederney and Erne Gaels clashing in the second semi-final on Sunday.

The first of the Down Championship semi-finalists will be decided tonight as Mayobridge and Clonduff clash at Pairc Esler. The full line-up should be known by Monday night with RGU Downpatrick and Kilcoo, Burren and Castlewellan and Warrenpoint and Loughinisland set to meet over the coming days.

Ulster champions Slaughtneil begin the defence of their county and provincial titles against Magherafelt on Sunday, but the action starts in Derry tonight when Coleraine meet Glenullin.

There are three more first-round ties tomorrow – The Loup v Claudy, Swatragh v Glen and Ballinascreen v Bellaghy – while Sunday will also see Greenlough face Newbridge, Kilrea clash with Ballinderry and Lavey come up against Dungiven.

It’s a big weekend for the new Armagh groups with four quarter-finalists set to be decided over Saturday and Sunday. Cullyhanna look certain to take the spot going from Group D barring a shock loss to Granemore while the other decisive games look to be Crossmaglen v Clann Eireann, Ballymacnab v Dromintee and Maghery v Armagh Harps.

The four Antrim football preliminary rounds also take place this weekend with holders Lamh Dhearg meeting Aghagallon on Sunday. Earlier in the day Portglenone will clash with Rossa wile Saturday will see matches between St Teresa’s and St Joseph’s and Ahoghill and St Brigid’s.

There’s a huge meeting in Monaghan as Scotstown face Ballybay on Sunday in Round 2A with John McEntee’s Clontibret meeting Castleblayney on Saturday. The Championship will come to an end for the losers of Carrickmacross and Magheracloone (Saturday) and Truagh Gaels and Inniskeen (Sunday) who meet in Round 2B.

Sunday is also D-Day in the Cavan Club group stage with holders Cavan Gaels needing a win against Lacken or else they will face early elimination.

The other ties are leaders Castlerahan v Ballinagh, Gowna v Ramor United, Kingscourt Stars v Crosserlough, Shercock v Lavey and Killygarry v Cootehill Celtic.

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