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17th Sep 2018

Neil McManus’ filthy handpass the highlight of a jam-packed weekend in Ulster

Michael Corry

There was a jam-packed calendar in Ulster GAA circles this weekend as various county championships entered the business end of the season.

The biggest shock came in the Cavan senior championship as the three previous winners all exited at the quarter final stage.

Notorious kingpins, Cavan Gaels succumbed to a four point defeat by Gowna in what proved to be the shock of the weekend. Goals either side of the half from TJ Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Brady proved the difference as the 2002 winners progressed the semi finals.

The 2016 winners, Ramor United also fell to a shock defeat as they were defeated by Crosserlough on a score line of 2-17 to 2-14.

Completing the trilogy was 2015 champions Kingscourt Stars, who struggled throughout as they fell to a five point defeat to Castlerahan.

Elsewhere in Ulster, Warrenpoint booked their place in the Down championship semi finals after an extra time win over Loughinisland in their quarter final replay. Warrenpoint now advance to a semi final meeting with five time in a row winners Kilcoo.

The Armagh championship reached the play-off round where the pick of the ties saw a plucky Madden side overcome Dromintee by a single point to reach the last eight, where they will be joined by Silverbridge, Killeavy and reigning champions Armagh Harps respectively.

There were predictable wins in round 2 of the Donegal senior championship as Glenswilly, St. Eunan’s and Kilcar all recorded strong wins.

In hurling, Derry kingpins Slaughtneil set up a county final meeting with Banagher after semi final victories over Kevin Lynch’s and Lavey respectively.

Portaferry progressed to the Down senior final after an extra time victory over Ballygalget to set up a final meeting with Ballycran in 13 days time.

The highlight of the weekend in Ulster undoubtedly came in the Antrim hurling championship as this filthy hand pass from Neil McManus had hurling aficionados all over the country frothing from the mouth as Cushendall defeated Sarsfields in their Group One meeting.

You can see a round-up of the weekends results below:

Leonard Commercials Armagh SFC

Play-off round:

Sarsfields 1-08 Silverbridge 1-11

Killeavy 3-12 Pearse Og 1-07

Armagh Harps 1-15 Granemore 0-11

Dromintee 1-14 Madden 1-15

Greenfields Foods Monaghan SFC

Round 3B:

Castleblayney 0-09 Magheracloone 0-10

Truagh 0-13 Ballybay 0-16

LCC Tyrone SFC

Round one:

Donaghmore 1-07 Trillick 2-11

Moy 0-09 Edendork 0-10

Galbally 3-15 Pomeroy 2-13

Clonoe 1-11 Ardboe 2-09

Morgan Fuels Down SFC

Quarter-final replay:

Loughinisland 1-12 Warrenpoint 0-18 (aet)

Michael Murphy Sports Donegal SFC

Round Two:

Group A:

Burt 0-11 Ardara 1-12

Glenswilly 2-15 Bundoran 2-11

Group B

Gweedore 0-12 Naomh Conaill 0-06

Dungloe 0-04 St Eunan’s 1-11

Group C

St Michael’s 0-13 Four Masters 0-04

Malin 3-12 Termon 1-07

Group D

Sean MacCumhaill’s 3-12 Killybegs 0-15

Kilcar 2-15 Milford 2-06

Hotel Kilmore Cavan SFC


Lacken 0-10 Lavey 0-10

Castlerahan 0-12 Kingscourt 0-07

Cavan Gaels 0-15 Gowna 2-13

Crosserlough 2-17 Ramor 2-14

Leadon Timberframe Derry SHC


Banagher 3-16 Lavey 2-14

Slaughtneil 1-14 Kevin Lynch’s 1-13

Bathshack Antrim SHC

Group One:

Sarsfields 0-12 Cushendall 3-30

Group Two:

St John’s 2-24 Rossa 3-12

Morgan Fuels Down SHC

Ballygalget 1-22 Portaferry 1-29 (aet)

LCC Tyrone SHC


Carrickmore 2-10 Dungannon 1-15