The line-ups for the senior and intermediate county finals should be known after next weekend, big crowds expected at Healy Park in Omagh on Friday night and then in Plunkett Park in Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon to witness some enticing contests which will determine the head-to-heads next month, writes Seamus Donnelly.
FRIDAY, OMAGH AT 6.30PM
Eskra v Gortin
Eskra have been the surprise package of the championship to date and have reached this point after two convincing victories over Urney and Stewartstown.
Their opponentd Gortin have an exciting young side and they will be hoping Kevin Mossey and Diarmuid McNulty play to their potential on Friday evening.
Don’t expect any more than a point or two to separate the sides at the end of the game but Eskra might just shade it.
Times Tip: Eskra
FRIDAY, OMAGH AT 8PM
Dromore v Killyclogher
Dromore will be overwhelming favourites against Killyclogher in Healy Park on Friday night.
Last year’s champions impressed in their victory over Ardboe and if they can repeat that performance they should make another final.
Killyclogher will look to Mark Bradley and Simon O’Neill to trouble the Dromore rearguard however the cutting edge of Eoin McCusker and Colm McCullagh should see Dromore home.
Times Tip: Dromore
SATURDAY, POMEROY AT 3PM
Rock v Cookstown
Upsets at this stage of the championship are not uncommon as Eglish found out in 2010 and this game may be primed for one.
Cookstown’s recent record at this level is second to none and will enter the game as favourites but in this derby tie anything is possible.
The St Patrick’s will be hopeful the Girvan brothers can shackle the potent Cookstown attack.
Times Tip: Rock
SATURDAY, POMEROY AT 4.30PM
Carrickmore v Errigal Ciaran
These sides practically monopolised the O’Neill cup for a ten year period between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s and their meeting at this stage will rekindle memories of past encounters.
Carmen were impressive winners over Coalisland with the new faces introduced into their side from last year making a marked difference.
Errigal put in a great first half display on their way to beating Omagh and they’ll need to repeat that kind of form over the sixty minutes if they want to beat Carrickmore.
Times Tip: Carrickmore