Will it be third time lucky for Antrim ladies

Ulster Junior Ladies Football Championship semi-final preview

By Kevin Herron

Antrim will be hoping that its third time lucky as they meet Fermanagh in tomorrow evenings Ulster Junior Ladies Football Championship semi-final at the Athletic Grounds (5pm throw-in).

The Erne woman have edged the Saffrons in both previous encounters this season with a two-point league win at the Dub in February and in last months league final at Clones – when Fermanagh prevailed by the narrowest of margins to win promotion out of Division Four.

Antrim ladies manager Sean O’Kane will hope that its third time lucky against familiar opposition and made two changes to his starting 15 that last faced Fermanagh last month.

Nicole Jones [Aldergrove] and Niamh Enright [St Pauls] occupy the positions taken by Cathy Carey and Sarah’s Louise McLaughlin respectively.

Meanwhile, Division four promotion winners Fermanagh made five changes from the last day out – as Cleona Bouge, Aisling Maguire, Aine McGovern, Aisling Wooods and Noelle Connolly replace : Roisin Gleason, Maria Maguire, Courtney Murphy; captain Joanne Donnan [injury] and Blaithin Bouge.

Defeat for either side doesn’t spell the end of the their Championship hopes with a second opportunity to make the final coming next weekend against Derry – but the Saffrons will be hoping to take the straight forward road ahead tomorrow evening and book a place in the decider at Clones on June 30th.

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