April showers wreaked havoc for a number of clubs across Ulster this week – with some still eagerly awaiting the start of their campaigns.
For others, there were those who continued their early charge, whilst a few are already treading in puddled fields across the province. It’s the Ulster run down:
- Leagues have now kicked off in both Armagh and Fermanagh, after last weekend’s inter-county tussle. In the Orchard County, an unplayable field in Lurgan denied county champions Armagh Harps the opportunity of kicking off their campaign at Clann Eireann, where Crossmaglen Rangers set the early pace having spanked Granemore. Derrygonnelly sit top of the pile in the Erne, with Donagh, Irvinestown and Kinawley being the other victors on the opening weekend.
- Ryan Johnston wasn’t the only one to find the net for Kilcoo as they put seven past a hapless Downpatrick in Down on Monday night, where Clonduff and Burren also enjoyed close wins over the weekend.
- In Tyrone, Trillick continued their unbeaten start to the new campaign, condemning Galbally to the bottom of the table after a nineteen point win, whilst just over the county line in Derry, away victories for Coleraine and Rossa see them summit Division 1 after two games.
- Kilcar and St Eunan’s still haven’t put a foot wrong in Donegal following weekend wins over Aodh Ruadh and Cloughaneely respectively – the latter duo pointless after three games.
- In the south of the province, it was another five pointer for Scotstown as they edged Truagh after a slow start – Carrickmacross and Clontibret also making it two from two in Monaghan. Across the Dromore River in Cavan, the Gaels could only muster a draw at home to Gowna, whilst 2016 county champions Ramor United won again away at Cootehill Celtic.
Ash was swung in the Antrim All-County Hurling League too, where the big surprise came at Pairc Rossa – the home side’s unbeaten start to the campaign blighted at the hands of bottom side Ballycran. The derby between Loughgiel Shamrocks and Dunloy saw a win for the Cuchullains, who in the process leapfrogged their near neighbours. Senior football begins on Wednesday week.
Tasty fixtures in the upcoming week include Harps entertaining Cross in their first run-out of the year in Armagh, whilst Rossa’s credentials in Derry will be put to the ultimate test as they host Ulster champions Slaughtneil on Sunday afternoon. Simultaneously in the Breffni, reigning champions Cavan Gaels travel to their predecessors Ramor United in what might be the weekend’s most appetising offering.