“Double Header” in Celtic Park

CELTIC Park will host the Junior Football Championship semi-finals this Sunday with Ardmore facing Glack at 5.00 p.m. and Drum taking on Doire Trasna at 7.00 p.m.

Brendan Quinn will take charge of the first semi-final while Peadar Lagan will be the ‘man in the middle’ for the second semi-final.

5.00 pm Ardmore v Glack

Glack came from three points

down to defeat Doire Colmcille by an eventually wide margin and they will now know that a victory over last year’s champions Doire Trasna will take them into the semi finals.

They have already played twice in the League and the honours have been shared with Glack winning by a point, 1-10 to 0-13, at Ardmore and Ardmore winning by two points, 0-11 to 2-03 at Brolly Park.

These results suggest that this game will be very close, although their league placings puts Ardmore in the favourite’s position.

7.00 p.m. Drum v Doire Trasna

Drum put in a spirited and disciplined display to outscore Magilligan in the last round by seven points, 0-11 to 0-04, but now they meet last year’s defeated Championship finalists and the Pearses are particularly determined to get back to the final to make amends for the 2010 loss to Ardmore.

Drum have had a disappointing League campaign and are struggling to finish in the top two promotion play-off places.

The Pearses have beaten Drum twice in the league, 5-10 to 1-10 and 0-15 to 0-10 and that would point to a Doire Trasna victory. However, this game could be every bit as close as their last league meeting.

Around the County

Young players in the Derry City area will be getting top tips this summer with no less than four former All Stars being involved in coaching sessions with them.

Enda Muldoon, Paddy Bradley, Tony Scullion and Sean Martin Lockhart are the men who will be passing on their football knowledge to the City Oaks, a group of elite under-14 footballers who receive special tuition.

Na Magha the only hurling team in the city took part in the recent international hurling tournament at Thurles Co. Tipperary which was won by a London club team.

Drumsurn won the under 14 C League unbeaten with a 4-6 to 3-8 victory over local rivals Ballerin in an exciting contest.

Craigbane may be one of the most rural clubs in the county but there is no stopping them in terms of building new facilities. They have already two good pitches but the latest venture will see the completion of an indoor 3G training area. No doubt that perched high in the Sperrins close to the Tyrone border, they are in an area that gets more than its fair share of winter weather so no doubt the indoor facility will be put to good use.

After Friday night’s senior hurling league games Swatragh stay top on 12 points from nine after a good away win over second placed Ballinascreen. Kevin Lynch’s away win over Lavey moves them into second place with 10 points from eight games. Swatragh need just one point from their last game at home to Lavey to win the Senior Hurling league for the second time in three years.

The Derry camogie team advanced to the semi final of the All Ireland Intermediate championship with a comprehensive 1-16 to 1-5 victory over Tipperary’s second string.

At half time the wind assisted Derry were well in control at the Dublin venue leading by 1-12 to 0-1 and they were never in danger of defeat at any stage.


Derry Fixtures

Monday 25th July at 7.15 p.m., extra time if needed - OakLeaf Restaurant Glenshane S.R.F.C. - Bellaghy v Slaughtneil; Banagher v Kilrea; Loup v Ballinascreen; Ballinderry v Magherafelt

Sports World I.R.F.C. - Extra time if needed - Craigbane v Steelstown; Slaughtmanus v Swatragh; Ballymaguigan v Ballerin; Desertmartin/Foreglen v Magherafelt Thirds.