Cavan 2-08 v 1-09 Derry Brewster Park, Enniskillen RESULT
Down 1-08 v 0-16 Tyrone Casement Park,Belfast RESULT
The Cadbury’s Ulster U21 campaign has reached the semi-final stage with two hard fought battles in store for patrons tonight in Enniskillen and Belfast.
The Ulster Council have again set entrance fees at £8 Adults, £5 concessions and U16’s go free, so should be decent crowds at both venues.
Cavan v Derry
Defending champions Cavan are facing the prospect of meeting Derry minus captain Barry Reilly who is suffering from a hamstring injury,which caused him to miss all but for minutes of the quarter final.
Should he fail a fitness test – or be anything less than his normal self at full forward – then his loss would seriously damage the prospects of the Breffni men.
They will also need Kevin Tierney to repeat his match winning performance against Armagh in the quarter final when he was top scorer with 0-7.
Derry captain Emmett McGuckian is expecting a much tougher test tonight than when they defeated Monaghan 3-12 to 1-3 last time out.
With six other Magherafelt men in the team, this undoubtedly has helped the Oak Leaf county develop a club-like mentality and tonight their supporters will expect
great things from McGuckian and team mates,Kevin Johnston, Keith McEnaney and Dermot McArdle all of whom have great experience in this competition.
Forecast: Extremely hard fought battle with Derry coming out on top by a point or two
Down v Tyrone
Down,albeit down to 14 men in the final quarter,had a good win 2-11 to 1-8 against Antrim in the quarter final at Newry but will need to show a considerable improvement if they are to upset the odds against Tyrone at casement Park.
They will look to Ross McGarry and Donal O’Hare to pick up vital scores against a Tyrone side that start as clear favourites. Doubts exist about Niall McParland’s fitness and if he were anything less than 100 per cent fit then that would be a big blow.
Darren McCurry and Richard Donnelly are key men for Tyrone this season and in addition the Red Hands will be without key players like Ronan O’Neill and Ronan McNamee. This will not be the easy Tyrone win that many predict but it will still be a surprise
If they do not reach the final .
Forecast: Tyrone with four or five points in hand.