Ulster host Munster in the final of the M Donnelly Interprovincial Football Championship, at the Morgan Athletic Grounds in Armagh this Sunday at 2.00pm. With the two strongest sides in the competition meeting in the decider, it is hoped that supporters can look forward to a great game.
The old Railway Cup series has lost much of it’s interest in recent seasons and had been disbanded for a number of years. Those that believe the competition still has a part to play in the GAA calender will be heartened by the response of the provincial managers and players, who have fielded strong teams. Ulster and Munster have traditionally been very strong in the series and it is pleasing to see them do battle in the decider. All we need now is a high scoring and free flowing exhibition of all that is good about the sport.
Munster have always mixed the experience of Cork and Kerry,with the best of individual players from counties. Last weekend Clare’s David Tubridy was the star on show, hitting six points as his side beat Leinster 1-16 to 1-13. Waterford’s Gary Hurney also had his day in the sun, scoring 1-2 for the winners. The competition is all about giving players from lesser counties the chance to shine at a higher level and both Tubridy and Hurney grabbed that opportunity last Sunday.
Ulster fielded a very strong fifteen and easily disposed of a weak Connacht challenge. Tyrone stars Owen Mulligan, Peter Harte and Martin Penrose led the way, ably assisted by Down’s Mark Poland. This game was never really a contest and from the very outset Joe Kernan’s men were always in control. Connacht could only manage two points from play and depended on Mayo’s Conor Mortimer to hit most of their scores from placed balls.
The final everyone wanted to see has become a reality and the two superpowers of the competition meet in Armagh this weekend. Ulster are understandably priced up as 1/3 favourites and it is hard to argue with those odds. In the handicap betting, evens minus three points looks the way to go. The home team have a much stronger fifteen and should be able to cover the deficit.