AIB Ulster Club SFC semi-final: Clontibret v Naomh Conaill (tonight, 7pm, Healy Park, live on TG4) SIX weeks ago, this looked all lined up to be someone’s shot at revenge against Gaoth Dobhair, be it Crossmaglen or Scotstown.
Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final: Glenn John Martins (Down) v Magheracloone Mitchells (Monaghan) (tomorrow, the Athletic Grounds, 1pm) MONAGHAN champions Magheracloone have had to rise out of the rubble and practically start from scratch after their grounds and clubhouse were destroyed as a consequence of the collapse of a disused nearby mine last year.
REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has urged his players to embrace the occasion as they prepare for their straight shoot-out with Denmark on Monday night to decide who qualifies for next summer’s Euro 2020 finals.
Ulster club SFC semi-final: Derrygonnelly (Fermanagh) v Kilcoo (Down) (tomorrow, the Athletic Grounds, 3pm) DERRYGONNELLY began this campaign – their fifth consecutive foray into Ulster – with a single win behind them so perhaps it’s not surprising that they’ve been tipped to lose twice already.
Ulster Club Junior Football Championship final: Blackhill (Monaghan) v Buncrana (Donegal) (tonight, Healy Park, 5pm) MORE Donegal delight or will Blackhill be able to exercise the demons of 2016? Those are the talking points as the Emerald’s prepare to face Buncrana in this evening’s Ulster Junior Football final at Healy Park.
Danske Bank Premiership: Cliftonville v Ballymena United (today, Solitude, 3pm) BALLYMENA United’s 2-1 victory over Cliftonville at the end of September was a turning point in the season for both teams – but not in a way you would expect from such a result as the sides prepare to meet again at Solitude this afternoon.
For the man who helped transform Irish boxing, and is currently involved with the best teams in Gaelic football and hurling – Dublin and Tipperary – there’s no secret formula to winning silverware or precious medals.
LADIES Open treble-chasing Catriona Casey and reigning men's Open champion Diarmuid Nash put their titles on the line this weekend at the FonaCAB Golden Gloves Tournament, in association with CM Precision Components, and organised by the St Paul's Club in Belfast.