DOWN SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS
CASTLEWELLAN V LOUGHINISLAND
Friday, Liatroim, 7.30pm
A REPEAT of the first round of the Down championship, which Loughinisland won by three points, 1-12 to 1-9. Loughinisland also saw off Warrenpoint in the last round which will be a huge boost to their confidence.
CARRYDUFF V MAYOBRIDGE
Saturday, Castlewellan, 4.30pm
MAYOBRIDGE lost out to Burren after extra time in the first-round while Carryduff didn’t break much of a sweat getting through to the last eight. It’s incredibly hard to call but Carryduff could just get over the line.
CLONDUFF V KILCOO
Sunday, Pairc Esler, 6pm
IT’S Clonduff’s second go at Kilcoo in the championship and if the first is anything to go by then this could be fairly one sided. Conleith Gilligan’s men won 2-12 to 0-4 and another semi-final place looks guaranteed.
BURREN V WARRENPOINT
Monday, Páirc Esler, 7.15pm
PERHAPS the tie of the round, both have been built up as potential contenders to Kilcoo’s dominant throne. The confidence and momentum taken from winning the league will surely carry Burren further into this championship.
DOWN SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAYOFF
AN RIOCHT V LONGSTONE
Sunday, Atticall, 1pm
AN RIOCHT Riocht were hammered by Bredagh in the semi-finals while Longstone put up a competitive fight against Bryansford in their last four clash. Longstone should be too good here and will prevail.
DOWN INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS
ANNACLONE V ROSTREVOR
Friday, Burren, 7.30pm
ROSTREVOR are the only Division One team competing in the Intermediate Championship and that experience of playing at a higher level should make them favourites to get over the line against Annaclone.
SAVAL V TULLYLISH
Saturday, Glenn, 2pm
SAVAL have been racking up huge scores in the early rounds, hitting a combined 5-34 in two outings and have already defeated Tullylish handsomely in round two so should book their spot in the last four.
LIATROIM V DRUMGATH
Saturday, Saval, 5pm
LIATROIM made it through to the quarterfinals in dramatic fashion as they needed penalties to finally get over Darragh Cross. Drumgath had an easier time making it through, but Liatroim could prove a step too far.
BALLYMARTIN V ST JOHN’S DRUMNAAQUOILE
Monday, Kilcoo, 7pm
ST John’s offer an eye-catching goal scoring threat having hit the net eight times during the opening two rounds of the Intermediate Championship, including two in their two-point win over Ballymartin and they may be able to repeat that feat.
Verdict: St John’s
DOWN INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAYOFF
BRIGHT V ST PAUL’S
Sunday, Darragh Cross, 1pm
BOTH sides suffered big defeats throughout the championship and St Paul’s have just come off the back of one in the semi-final at the hands of Darragh Cross. Bright just lost out to Newry Bosco by three and may just get over the line in this one.
DOWN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS
AGHADERG V EAST BELFAST
Saturday, Ballykinlar, 2pm
EAST Belfast earned an impressive win 13-point over Glasdrumman the last day out and defeated Aghaderg when the sides clashed last season, leaving them as the favourites to do the same this weekend.
Verdict: East Belfast
DROMARA V ST COLMAN’S
Saturday, Clonduff, 2pm
DROMARA were big winners over Kilclief in the opening round of the Junior Championship with a 12-point victory and played in a higher league grade than St Colman’s this year, making them favourites for this game.
KILCLIEF V TECONNAUGHT
Saturday, Bright, 2pm
KILCLIEF saw off Glasdrumman with 16-points to spare last weekend so they’re heading into this contest with confidence and momentum. Despite playing at a division below, Kilclief had a good campaign and could cause an upset here.
ARDGLASS V DUNDRUM
Monday, Downpatrick, 7pm
IN what is probably the tie of the round and the hardest game to call, both sides will fancy their chances of getting through to the last four. Nobody scored more than Dundrum in the first round and that firepower could see them through.
DOWN SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINALS
PORTAFERRY V BALLYGALGET
Sunday, Portaferry, 3pm
LAST year’s beaten finalist Portaferry will hope to get back to the decider and right the wrongs of 2021. Portaferry saw off Ballygalget in round four of the group stages with ease and should do so again.
BALLYCRAN V BREDAGH
Sunday, Ballycran, 5pm
REIGNING champions Ballycran have home advantage here and have been the dominant force in Down hurling for the last number of years, winning three of the last four titles. They’ll make it through to the showpiece once again.