Eoghan Rua ready for Scotstown test

Eoghan Rua ready for Scotstown test

Sunday's Ulster Club semi-final promises to be a difficult day for members of the Daly family, including parents Brian and Eithne. Son Barry is on the Coleraine team while daughter Orlagh is married t

By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan



COLERAINE Eoghan Rua face their biggest ever challenge in club football when they face Scotstown in Sunday's Ulster Club Football Championship semi-final at Healy Park in Omagh.

The Derry and Monaghan champions meet in the first of a double-header at 1.30pm with the second game between Crossmaglen Rangers of Armagh and Donegal's Gweedore following immediately afterwards.

A huge crowd is expected to descend on the county Tyrone venue, though one or both of the games may be switched if the weather worsens towards the weekend.

Reports on Tuesday morning suggest that the Ulster Council is looking at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh and Enniskillen's Brewster Park as possible alternatives should Healy Park become unplayable.

The Omagh venue is notoriously prone to becoming water-logged following spells of heavy rain so all four competing clubs will be keeping an eye on the weather forecast for the coming days.

On the pitch, Scotstown will start as favourites to defeat the north coast men who defeated former Ulster and Derry champions Slaughtneil on their way to winning the John McLaughlin Cup last month.

For a preview of Sunday's semi-final and one family's devided loyalties see this week's Chronicle.

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