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Ulster Football Championship 2020 (Rescheduled)

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Ulster Council's Competitions Control Committee (CCC) has this morning approved its plans for the 2020 championship. This year's Ulster Senior Football Championship final will not be held at the traditional venue of St Tiernach's Park, Clones due to a lack of flood lighting at the grounds. The competition is set to commence on October 31st with the final officially fixed for November 22nd 2020

ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020
Sat 31st October: First Round
Monaghan v Cavan at Clones @ 1.15 pm
Sun 1st November: Quarter Finals
Donegal v Tyrone at Ballybofey @ 1.30 pm
Derry v Armagh at Celtic Park, Derry @ 4.00 pm)
Sat 7th November: Quarter Final
Antrim v Monaghan/Cavan at Corrigan Park*/Breffni Park @ 1.15 pm
Sun 8th November: Quarter Final
Fermanagh v Down at Brewster Park, Enniskillen @1.30 pm
Sat 14th November: Semi Final
Donegal/Tyrone v Derry/Armagh at Venue TBC @ 1.15 pm
Sun 15th November: Semi Final
Fermanagh/Down V Antrim/Monaghan/Cavan at Venue TBC @ 1.30 pm
22nd November: Final @ 4.00pm

ULSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sat 17th October: First Round
Monaghan v Cavan at Clones @ 2.00 pm
Sat 24th October: Quarter Finals
Derry V Armagh @ 2.00 pm at Owenbeg
Donegal v Tyrone at Ballybofey @ 2.00 pm
Antrim v Monaghan/Cavan at Corrigan Park* @ 2.00 pm)/Breffni Park @ 6.00pm
Fermanagh v Down at Brewster Park, Enniskillen @ 6.00 pm)
Sat 31st October: Semi Finals
Donegal/Tyrone v Derry/Armagh at Venue TBC
Fermanagh/Down v Antrim/Monaghan/Cavan at Venue TBC
Fri 13th/Sat 14th/Sun 15th November: Final

*subject to safety certificate

erneboy (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1301 - 17/09/2020 13:43:08    2292685

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ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020
Results & fixtures:
Sat 31st October: First Round
Monaghan 1-17 Cavan 2-15
Sun 1st November: Quarter Finals
Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-11
Derry 0-15 Armagh 0-17
Sat 7th November: Quarter Final
Cavan v Antrim at Breffni Park @ 1.15 pm
Sun 8th November: Quarter Final
Fermanagh v Down at Brewster Park, Enniskillen @1.30 pm
Sat 14th November: Semi Final
Donegal v Armagh at Venue TBC @ 1.15 pm
Sun 15th November: Semi Final
Fermanagh/Down V Antrim/Cavan at Venue TBC @ 1.30 pm
22nd November: Final @ 4.00pm

Losers; So far Monaghan, Tyrone & Derry have been booted out of the championship.

Comment:
What are Fermanagh's chances now? Could their be a Fermanagh v Donegal final like in 2018 or is it a far-fetched dream?

erneboy (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1301 - 02/11/2020 19:02:36    2304574

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Anybody put together a list of first choice players that aren't available ? Besides the 2 Cullens and young McGullion who else am I'm missing that we are missing ?

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 240 - 02/11/2020 20:44:41    2304609

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This is going to be a 50 50 game no doubt about it , i be happy with a 1 point win now

germac (Down) - Posts: 292 - 07/11/2020 20:06:03    2305902

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I think Fermanagh will perform better than most would expect but it will be an uphill battle. Anyway good luck lads.

Coa_gael (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1164 - 07/11/2020 20:56:56    2305929

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Fair play to Club Eirne for having online champ preview last night(even with slight delay o IT glitch)

Not long now until throw in, hopefully the weather is kinder than last weekend.

Team named, great to see Darragh McGurn get first championship start,if Fermanagh are to win he/ Decky McCusker, Ciaran Corrigan will need to assist Tomas Corrigan with getting those crucial scores.

McNally in nets, along with Flanagan and Largo Ellis making their championship debuts, hopefully they hit the ground running. Overall a decent team given the absentees from last year, the FB looks a bit short on physicality, options very low with Cullens and Daly not involved,only other option I thought maybe was to drop Aidan Breen in there if Down do try long ball tactic, Johnston and O Hare will be threats throughout.

Id expect this game to be close and be won in closing 10 minutes, Fermanaghs bench has some experience that could be vital in that period.

Hope the usually fussy official doesnt get too whistle happy and lets the game flow as much as possible.
Its back to old school straight knockout so lets give it a proper go, play without fear and let the will to win overcome the fear of losing.

Been a tough year on and off the pitch,so best of look to Ricey and the lads tomorrow

macca999 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 901 - 07/11/2020 21:08:11    2305931

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Good Luck Fermanagh

luisfigo (Fermanagh) - Posts: 10 - 08/11/2020 12:26:05    2306043

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ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2020
Sun 8th November:
Quarter Final
Fermanagh 0-11 Down 1-15

Fermanagh looked reasonable in the first half with some good performances but the Mourne men proved just too good on this occasion. Tomas missed a few point opportunities and midfield was weakened by the initial absence of Jones. Young Largo-Ellis looks an interesting prospective for the team going forward.

Sorry macc999 you prediction "Id expect this game to be close and be won in closing 10 minutes" didn't stand up!

Fermanagh starting team: -S McNally; J Cassidy, K Connor, L Flanagan; J Largo-Ellis, J McMahon, C McManus; R O'Callaghan, E Donnelly; C Corrigan (0-1), D McGurn (0-1), A Breen; S McGullion, T Corrigan (0-6, 4f, 1m), D McCusker.
Substitutions: D Teague (0-1) for A Breen, S Cassidy for R O'Callaghan, K McDonnell for C McManus, R Jones for J McMahon, C Jones (0-1) for C Corrigan, P McCusker (0-1) for D McCusker, T Corrigan (BC).

erneboy (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1301 - 08/11/2020 17:27:57    2306169

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Erneboy you'll find that our Tomas Corrigan performed exceptionally well getting the highest rating - see Fermanagh team ratings according to the Irish News today!
6.5 SEAN MCNALLY: Looked confident on his Championship debut, tended to go straight down the middle in search of Donnelly, McGullion and McCusker and Fermanagh did okay in this sector. Couldn't have done anything about O'Hare's goal.
7 JONNY CASSIDY: Developing into a really sticky man marker and, although Jerome Johnston finished up with a couple of points, he had to work hard for them as time and again Cassidy got a hand in to break ball away.
6 KANE CONNOR: Had a good battle with O'Hare and limited his influence from play in the first half but lost the Burren man for the goal. Found the pacy Cory Quinn hard enough going when he came on.
6.5 LUKE FLANAGAN: Gave away possession a couple of times late on in the game, but another debutant who acquitted himself well.
6.5 JOSH LARGO ELLIS: A talented soccer player who has represented Northern Ireland, you can
see there's a bit of class there, even if he didn't get to show too much yesterday. Stopped one Doherty run on goal.
5.5 JAMES MCMAHON: Unable to stop the waves of red and black coming on strong as the game
got away from Fermanagh after the break.
5.5 CAIN MCMANUS: Found Barry O'Hagan hard work, the Clonduff attacker working tirelessly on a day when everything he tried came off. Eventually taken off after a bang on the nose.
6 STEPHEN MCGULLION: Roamed around the middle and won some good ball.
7 EOIN DONNELLY: Drove Fermanagh on in the first half in particular. One of their better performers.
6 CIARAN CORRIGAN: Started well, his pace initially causing bother for Fegan, but drifted out of the game.
6.5 DARRAGH MCGURN: Couldn't match Mooney's pace in the lead up to the goal - who could?
- but kept the Rostrevor man fairly quiet until Down ran away with the game.
5.5 AIDAN BREEN: Couldn't get to grips with Daniel Guinness as the Carryduff's forward bursts and ability to find gaps amid the congestion a constant thorn in Fermanagh's side.
6 DECLAN McCUSKER: Came out around the middle mostly and competed well.
8 TOMAS CORRIGAN: Looked a real danger any time Fermanagh got the ball in, winning everything that came his way. Just too quick and elusive for Collins, his point towards the end of the rst half showed the class he possesses. Shown a black card in added time.
5.5 RICHARD O'CALLAGHAN: Named in place of Ryan Jones and went in around the square, but looked off the pace and posed no threat. Replaced at half-time.
SUBSTITUTES
6 CONALL JONES: Initially came on as a blood sub before half-time, re-joined the action in the 63rd minute when the game was all but gone. Scored a nice point.
6 SEAN CASSIDY: Had one good run at the start of the second half but made little impact thereafter.
6 DANNY TEAGUE: Came on as a blood sub when McManus picked up a knock. Unable to get into the
game.
6 RYAN JONES: Only joined the action in the second half after being named to start, and Fermanagh missed his running power around the middle. Faced an uphill battle by the time he came on.
6 PAUL MCCUSKER: Came on and scored a point as Fermanagh chased the game.

cillnaile. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 960 - 09/11/2020 10:26:35    2306663

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Do the ratings really matter, Down handed it to us yesterday.
As for the Black Cards towards the end, if you don't want to put the effort in and choose the easy option by sitting on the sideline for 10 minutes. Your letting your team mates down. Back and forth football system does not work as Down showed, simple get the ball run with it and create the overlap. Negative approach is so of putting and off the ball niggle embarrassing. Wouldn't mind OTB stuff if we as a county team had something to crow about.

Blitzkrig (Fermanagh) - Posts: 11 - 09/11/2020 13:18:51    2306791

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Things must be bad as macca's postmortem of the team is slow to emerge! Anyhow, it looks like Ricey may not stay on as manager according to media reports. So with Fermanagh in D3 next year who would take over?

TurnipHead. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 212 - 10/11/2020 07:33:46    2307087

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I think Ricey should leave it... yes he had a difficult year with the COVID restrictions but at the same time the performance against Down wasn't good enough. We got hammered by a team that when looking at league standings should be our equal. Speaking of the league... our performances in it pre and post COVID were not great.

I do think we have the players to be playing competitively in Div. 2.

I think I decent shout would be clucker... who is already got into management in Tyrone... with help with someone maybe more experienced.

sidelinecut40 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 84 - 10/11/2020 14:13:04    2307206

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Replying To sidelinecut40:  "I think Ricey should leave it... yes he had a difficult year with the COVID restrictions but at the same time the performance against Down wasn't good enough. We got hammered by a team that when looking at league standings should be our equal. Speaking of the league... our performances in it pre and post COVID were not great.

I do think we have the players to be playing competitively in Div. 2.

I think I decent shout would be clucker... who is already got into management in Tyrone... with help with someone maybe more experienced."
What about Marty McGrath? He has been playing up to now and his freshness of the game would be an advantageous benefit in the management role. No better man to take Fermanagh forward.

The_Rat (Fermanagh) - Posts: 44 - 10/11/2020 19:21:01    2307323

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Yes erneboy, i was surprised how far Down were ahead coming into final stretch, especially after the first half which was nip and tuck. The goal was killer, unfortunately with the defensive nature of the game and our attacking problems meant 3 point lad was going to be tough to redeem.

Seen Ricey saying not sure what lies ahead, though was saying its county board decision too, in fairness he has had alot of things this year that was outside his control(Sean Quigley not involved, Lee Cullen and Ryan Lyons abroad, others missing from last years panel, then covid).

From first two games v Kildare and Roscommon, definitely was a more attack minded approach, more direct and score tallys were up, though as league went on got more defensive(albeit with a weaker defence than recently had, so conceding still while we struggled to break the 12 points mark,so winning matches was always going to be struggle.
The Armagh game was a real low, though with Che and Eoin Donnelly missing it was going to be an uphill task

Cant argue with league table, didnt deserve to stay up, had Tomas Corrigan been on pitch in Mullinagr ive no doubt would have beat Westmeath and final two games may have been different on back of that.

Id say McMenamin will stay as will want to give it a full year in more normal circumstances,though he might want to see what players will commit before does that.

With Cavan, Derry, Longford and Tipp, Division 3 will be a tough one to get out of, so will need all our best players committed and onboard, least no long gap until county resumes. With Horan, Largo Ellis, Love and Glynn there is good potential but need the Cullens, Kelm and Quigley there to give some experience and physicality to get us competing.

macca999 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 901 - 10/11/2020 22:29:29    2307401

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Replying To macca999:  "Yes erneboy, i was surprised how far Down were ahead coming into final stretch, especially after the first half which was nip and tuck. The goal was killer, unfortunately with the defensive nature of the game and our attacking problems meant 3 point lad was going to be tough to redeem.

Seen Ricey saying not sure what lies ahead, though was saying its county board decision too, in fairness he has had alot of things this year that was outside his control(Sean Quigley not involved, Lee Cullen and Ryan Lyons abroad, others missing from last years panel, then covid).

From first two games v Kildare and Roscommon, definitely was a more attack minded approach, more direct and score tallys were up, though as league went on got more defensive(albeit with a weaker defence than recently had, so conceding still while we struggled to break the 12 points mark,so winning matches was always going to be struggle.
The Armagh game was a real low, though with Che and Eoin Donnelly missing it was going to be an uphill task

Cant argue with league table, didnt deserve to stay up, had Tomas Corrigan been on pitch in Mullinagr ive no doubt would have beat Westmeath and final two games may have been different on back of that.

Id say McMenamin will stay as will want to give it a full year in more normal circumstances,though he might want to see what players will commit before does that.

With Cavan, Derry, Longford and Tipp, Division 3 will be a tough one to get out of, so will need all our best players committed and onboard, least no long gap until county resumes. With Horan, Largo Ellis, Love and Glynn there is good potential but need the Cullens, Kelm and Quigley there to give some experience and physicality to get us competing."
Yes macca I agree with your analysis. No one can complain as they didn't make the best of their season. I also agree that Ricey will likely stay as he wouldn't want to leave on a negative note. In any case, unlike the Down man, he is well liked by the players so the co board I'd say would be happy for him to stay on.

Coa_gael (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1164 - 11/11/2020 13:39:06    2307586

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