Interprovincial Football Connacht v Ulster preview

Updated: February 16, 2012

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Connacht play Ulster in the semi final of the M Donnelly Football Interprovincial Championships at Markevicz Park in Sligo,this Sunday at 2.00pm. The series has recently been revived, having been played as the Railway Cup for most of it’s lifetime.

Ulster lead the way in the competition historically and have won the tournament on twenty nine occasions. The province were last successful back in 2009 and won five times in the last decade. Meanwhile, their opponents this weekend have been the least successful of the four sides that contest the series. The last time that Connacht were victorious was way back in 1969. In general Connacht counties have struggled at the highest level in recent times, with only Galway making any impact. With that county going through a transition period at present it is unlikely that they will have as much of an influence on the provincial team this season.

Ulster have named a strong side with numerous Tyrone and Down stars on show. Owen Mulligan has been in excellent form for the Red Hands this season, while Martin Penrose has also been a huge influence. Danny Hughes and Benny Coulter have been stars for the Mourne men and are certain to figure prominently at the weekend.

At 8/15 with Boylesports, Ulster are a confident selection to reach the final. As short as 4/9 in places, the province look very strong this season and management have named a very strong side. It will be a surprise should they lose out in this game and when handicap betting is available they should be backed with 4-5 point deficit.

Verdict: Ulster.

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