So its all down to Sunday and a trip top Crossmaglen for Tyrone this Sunday. The prize on offer of course is a last four spot in the Suzuki national league campaign, but Tyrone must see of their biggest Ulster rivals Armagh on their own patch.

The game, the biggest of the season so far is part of a double header at the Armagh venue, the Armagh men face Roscommon later in the afternoon and its prompted the Tyrone management ad players to call for supporters to make the trip to Cross.

Speaking about Sundays tie, joint manager Michaela O’Neill appealed for the Tyrone support to make the effort to travel this weekend

“ Our girls are playing some great football this year, we had great support at Trillick and at Eskra for the home games against Kerry and Wexford, but we really need the boost this Sunday, we are in the lions den of Armagh football and I would appeal for family and friends of the players as well as our own clubs to make the effort and support the team”

Tyrone sit joint second in the table with the Orchard girls, Kerry lead the way and are assured of their semi-final spot now but this weekend it all comes down to another clash of Ulster’s big two. Veteran Tyrone midfielder Arlene McCloskey is looking forward to the fixture.

“ Its great to be going to Armagh knowing that we still can qualify, we are in a great position but I am sure that we have to be at our very best, but I’m confident though that we have the players to seal the victory and a place in the semi-final”

The former St Endas player who is now plying her trade with Bredagh is back in the Tyrone side after a long layoff, injury has been a major problem for her but she has been back to her best in this campaign, three starts in the four games and McCloskey has been playing some good football too.

Along with the likes of Eilsih Gormley and Lynda Donnelly, McCluskey is one of the veterans in this side, a predominantly youthful outfit then but the experience from the likes of McCluskey has proved vital, McCluskey admits it’s a good mix,

“ We have some great young players coming through, some great work has and is being done with the young players, that is now producing the results for the senior and minor teams in the county,”


It’s a crunch weekend then for the Tyrone ladies but O’Neill and Joe Gilligan are confident that the side can advance,

“We have Lynda Donnelly back in the squad and we are really looking forward to tackling Armagh again, the bulk of the squad faced them on three occasions last year and there’s no doubt there will be an edge to this fixture after the all Ireland quarter final loss at Mullingar, we are up for it though, it’s a long time since we last appeared in the league knockout stages and the mood is good in the camp”


Throw in time on Sunday is 12noon




Teamtalk Ladies Minor League

Round 2 Results

Grade 1
Errigal Ciaran 3-11 Cill Iseal 2-5
An Charraig Mhor 1-6 Ardboe 2-6
Donaghmore 2-11 Glenelly 1-10
Cappagh v Aodh Ruadh called off – pitch waterlogged


Grade 2
St Dympnas 5-10 Galbally O.C. 5-4
Beragh 6-10 Loughmacrory 0-4
St Endas v Sperrin Og called off – pitch waterlogged


Grade 3
Fintona 10-15 Trillick 2-5
An Charraig 4-4 Coalisland 3-11


Grade 4
Stewartstown 2-5 Pomeroy 2-6
Edendork 6-6 Badoney 4-5
Aghyaran v Moy called off – pitch waterlogged


Round 3 Thursday 29th March @ 7.00pm

Grade 1
Aodh Ruadh v Cill Iseal
Glenelly v Ardboe
Errigal Ciaran v Cappagh
Donaghmore v An Charraig Mhor


Grade 2
St Endas v Galbally O.C.
St Macartans v Beragh
Sperrin Og v St Dympnas


Grade 3
Coalisland v Clann Na Gael
Kildress v Trillick


Grade 4
Badoney v Stewartstown
Pomeroy v Edendork
Sigersons v Aghyaran

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