Preview: AIB Ulster Club SFC Semi-Finals
AIB Ulster Club SFC Semi-Finals
Saturday November 11
Slaughtneil (Derry) v Kilcar (Donegal), Healy Park, 6.30pm
Eager to secure a third Ulster title in four years, Slaughtneil will be fully aware of the threat Kilcar possess.
A storming Quarter-Final win over Scotstown at Clones showcased Kilcar's ability and running power. Any team featuring the McHughs and Paddy McBrearty is worthy of the utmost respect.
Michael Hegarty provides a wealth of experience and guile in a withdrawn role too for Kilcar, who claimed their first Donegal crown since 1993 last month.
Slaughtneil, though, have become accustomed to dealing with demanding challenges. Already in this year's provincial competition Mickey Moran's diligent outfit have beaten Kilcoo and Omagh St Enda's.
Both those matches examined Slaughtneil's resolve, but the Derry club found a way to win. They generally do with Christopher Bradley and Shane McGuigan sharp in attack.
Brendan Rogers is safe and solid, while Chrissy McKaigue remains an accomplished performer.
This game could go the distance.
Sunday November 12
Derrygonnelly Harps (Fermanagh) v Cavan Gaels (Cavan), Clones, 2pm
Derrygonnelly Harps made a blistering start against Armagh Harps to secure their place at the penultimate stage.
Having struggled outside of Fermanagh for the past couple of campaigns it was a noteworthy win.
Paul Ward and Conal Jones netted the Derrygonnelly majors, but the influence of captain and talisman Ryan Jones shouldn't be underestimated.
With 10 Cavan titles hoisted since 2001, Cavan Gaels want to make a bid for Ulster honours now.
The 1-19 to 0-10 success over Lamh Dhearg suggests the Gaels are ready to deliver with Martin Dunne, Seanie Johnston, and Micheal Lyng all in splendid scoring form.