2023 Tyrone Minor Football Championship set to resume

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The controversy which halted the 2023 Tyrone Minor Football Championship has been settled, and the competition is set to resume next week.

The competition has been at a standstill since last September due to a dispute which has seen a protracted appeals process over a quarter-final tie between Dromore and Trillick.

Dromore lodged an appeal into their expulsion from the competition back in September, having opted not to take part in a penalty shoot-out when their quarter-final against Trillick finished level after extra-time.

A series of appeals failed, including a final bid through the Disputes Resolution Authority.

All five clubs still involved in the series were officially informed in early December that it would not be completed within the calendar year.

Eglish, Cookstown and holders Donaghmore had qualified for the semi-finals, and were forced to sit it out as the appeals sequence unfolded.

But now the Tyrone CCC has confirmed that the Championship will be completed, with the semi-finals rescheduled for Saturday week.

Donaghmore will face Trillick and Cookstown take on Eglish on February 18. No date has yet been fixed for the final.

The stalemate forced Tyrone GAA to withdraw from representation in the Ulster Minor Tournament at St Paul’s, Belfast.

The Red Hand champions were due to play host club St Paul’s in a preliminary round tie, but the Antrim champions were given a bye.

While Donaghmore are chasing a third successive title, Eglish are on course to complete the league and championship double at minor level, in what would be a glorious climax to a bumper season for their under-age teams.

Their U14 (Gr 1) and U16 (Gr 2) sides have both doubled up with league and championship success, and the minors are in line to make it a glorious treble for the St Patrick’s.