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The Ulster Club Senior æB’ Championship intensifies today (Saturday) with holders Lavey taking on newly crowned Down champions Clonduff in the first of the semi-finals. The other semi sees six times Armagh champions Keady taking on Eglish from Tyrone.


The Lavey and Clonduff game promises to be a thrilling yet tight encounter, with both sides boasting some of their counties and indeed Ulster‘s finest camogie stars.


Lavey were in impressive form in the Derry Championship overcoming Castledawson in the final completing a three in a row. Mary O’Kane has been key to Lavey’s success this season, the county star’s ruthlessness in front of goal has enabled them to notch up some impressive scores. Lavey will once again be looking to O’Kane to pull the strings in the forward line and provide them with the much needed scores today. County players Edelle Henry, Attracta McPeake and Ceara Cushnahan have been important players for the Derry champions providing them with some experience. With Claire McCloy often deployed as a third midfielder, Henry acts as a sweeper in her own half-back line allowing captain Siobhan Convery and Cushnahan to dominate the area meaning that the back line is rarely exposed, while McPeake’s frees have often proved decisive.


Clonduff too have their fair share of experience and talent in the form of the Carr sisters, Fionnuala and Sarah Louise. Operating at centre-half back Fionnuala is able to control the game and her ability to pick out players with long range passes means Clonduff can switch to attack quickly. Her younger sister Sarah Louise has the skill to cause the Lavey defense real problems with her movement and given the right ball can be unstoppable in front of goal. Karen Gribben has returned for Clonduff, her athleticism, speed; skill and ability to win the high ball will make midfield a key area for both teams.


“”We’re all looking forward to the match, it will be very tough with Lavey being the reigning champions and it’s a home venue for them but I have confidence in every player on our panel. If we can produce the same effort as the County final then we won’t be far away,”” said Clonduff’s Fionnuala Carr.


In the other semi-final will see Keady battling it out with Eglish for a spot in the Ulster Senior æB’ Championship Final. 


Eglish saw off Ardboe in the Tyrone Championship and they have benefited from the county’s success this season. With several county players including Captain Julie Lagan in their side Eglish have picked up some valuable experience. Captain Shauna Jordan has also enjoyed a fine season for both club and county getting some crucial scores and keeping her side in the matches with her free-taking. Keady on the other hand have experience throughout their side and having picked up their sixth Armagh Championship title with a fine win over Middletown, will be looking to go all the way this year.


“”We have worked hard all year and the girls are looking forward to the game. We know that Keady are a strong team but I know all the girls will give their best and I’m confident that we can come away with a win,”” said Eglish Captain Shauna Jordan.


The game will be an intriguing one as an up and coming club goes up against one of Ulster‘s oldest forces.


Today’s (Saturday) Fixtures:

Ulster Senior æB’ Club Championship Semi-Final: Lavey vs Clonduff, 4pm Lavey

Ulster Senior æB’ Club Championship Semi-Final: Keady vs Eglish, 5pm Keady

Ulster Intermediate Club Championship: Slaughneil II vs Ballycran II, 3.30pm Slaughneil

Ulster Under 14 Championship: Armagh vs Tyrone, 3pm Keady

Ulster Under 14 Championship: Donegal vs Cavan, 3pm Burt



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