Ulster Under 21 Quarter Final Previews

ALL GAMES THROW IN WEDNESDAY 8PM

ARMAGH VS DOWN, ATHLETIC GROUNDS

Both sides will meet at the same stage in the senior championship, however the u’21’s of Down and Armagh will play out the latest instalment of one of Ulster’s fiercest rivalries. Both sides albeit with changed sides met at the same stage in last year’s competition with Armagh emerging as victors on a 22 point win. Both sides boast players from St.Mary’s incredible Sigerson winning team. The Orchard County are bolstered by the return of the Crossmaglen lads who missed out on the Ulster Club U’21 title losing to Glen of Derry. VERDICT: ARMAGH  

TYRONE VS DONEGAL, HEALY PARK

Arguably the tie of the round as yet another rivalry is renewed at the Omagh venue. These sides have previous with Donegal emerging as comfortable winners of Tyrone in the 2014 Minor championship, Donegal went all the way to the All-Ireland Final before losing out to an all-conquering Kerry side. The men from the ‘hills’ had possibly the best preparation of the Ulster contingent when the county opted to have their Under 21’s fulfil their Dr McKenna Cup commitments. That venture brought them to the very same venue as they shipped a heavy loss against senior counterparts with Tyrone’s David Mulgrew and Lee Brennan on the panel that very night. The Red Hands accounted for the Tir Chonaill men in the 2015 and 2016 competitions winning the All Ireland in 2015 before losing the Ulster Final to Monaghan in 2016. VERDICT: TYRONE

 

FERMANAGH VS CAVAN, BREWSTER PARK

Cavan come into the game fresh off a promising pre-season losing out to Meath in the Hastings Cup Final. Niall Lynch returns for a second year at the helm after losing to Tyrone in last year’s opener. In a rather unprecedented turn of events none of Mattie McGleenan’s senior charges double up as county under 21’s. The Ernesiders will look to Conor McShea and David Teague to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The Breffni men should prove too much to handle for the men in green. VERDICT: CAVAN  

NONAGHAN VS DERRY, INNISKEEN

A repeat of this year’s Shamrock Cup final where the Farney men took the plaudits and have had the advantage or disadvantage of having to play the preliminary round overcoming a rugged Antrim side last Wednesday night. Fergal McCusker has had a hap-hazard type preparation due to so many of his panel also plying their trade at the Senior grade, coupled with Glen u’21’s run to the Ulster title and Slaughtneil’s involvement in this Friday’s All Ireland Final ruling out Keelan Feeney, Cormac O’Doherty and Paul McNeil. Monaghan are the favourites to retain the title after beating Derry en route to last years success. Inniskeen could play host to another classic. VERDICT: MONAGHAN

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