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Back In The Day - Top trio of Ulster camogie title favourites all set for action - The Irish News, July 23, 1999

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Ulster Club Camogie Championship quarter-finals

Top trio of title favourites all set for action

THE three teams which are most likely to win the 1999 Ulster Club Camogie title were in action at the weekend and all had resounding victories.

All three will be in action this coming weekend but only two of them will still be in the running.

Dunloy should have no problem in securing a semi-final spot as the Donegal champions are not in the same class as a team that can score a 21 point victory over 1997 champions Loughgiel.

Dunloy look to be the club team to defeat this year after a spectacularly high-scoring Antrim campaign when they also encountered old foes Portglenone, who won an Ulter title in 1992, by over 30 points.

They will want to watch Sunday’s other Ulster championship game which will be a much closer affair.

It’s a repeat of the 1995 final when Liatroim Fontenoys edged home against the then first-time Derry champions Lavey.

Lavey retained the Oak Leaf title but unfortunately could not take part in the Ulster title-race as Comhairle Uladh had imposed a ban after the 1995 final following incidents involving spectators.

So Sunday will be Lavey’s first game in Ulster since 1995, while Liatroim have reached the intervening three finals, winning two of them.

Very little can be read into Sunday’s one-sided preliminary round fixture when the Fontenoys wiped out Fermanagh champions Teemore while later in the evening Lavey convincingly defeated Slaughtneil for the Derry crown on a 4-6 to 0-1 scoreline.

Liatroim claim to have lost Brenda Gallagher and Rosaleen Cunningham on holidays but welcome back Nicola Magee after her month in the USA.

Lavey for their part have not missed the presence of Eileen Devey at the back. Four years ago, the freetaking of Mairin McAleenan and Martine Mulholland was a feature of the game, both are on excellent form this year.

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STRABANE made it a four way tie at the top of Division One at the weekend when they overcame neighbours Clan na Gael in the big north Tyrone derby.

It was the only game played in the division, and it was the newly promoted Sigersons who continued to prove their real worth with another deserved victory by 1-11 to 0-9.

They now share the lead with Carrickmore, Errigal Ciaran and Edendork, but the big two, Carmen and Errigal, each have two games in hand.

And they meet head on in the battle of the giants this Sunday at Dunmoyle. County champions Ardboe, still very much in contention in the league, travel to Killyclogher.

Coalisland have Omagh as visitors in a mid-table clash at Fr Peter Campbell Park.

The Fianna may be forced to field without a few key players, but they will look to the experienced Paddy McShane to steer them to victory.

Omagh, on the other hand, expect to be at full strength, and they look capable of taking both points.

Trillick will look to extend their recent revival with a victory over Cookstown.

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