South Down and Donegal clash in the semi-finals of the Lori Meagher Cup (kick off 12.45pm) with a place in the final against either Warwickshire or Tyrone awaiting the winners.
Down come into this contest having defeated Leitrim in the first round 4-25 to 0-08. Their next match saw them face a determined Longford side. Despite the best efforts of the Longford side they could not quite get to South Down who held them snuggly in the end by three points.
The foundations of that success were built around the opening twenty minutes of the contest. South Down stormed out of the traps and soon had Leitrim on the back foot. Eoin McGuiness was a standout player for South Down that day. He score two goals in the second and tenth minute and will be a huge threat once again this Saturday.
Liam Morgan who received the man of the match award will be another player who will have to be on his A game if South Down are to advance to the final. Against Leitrim he controlled the game beautifully and was at the heart of everything good that South Down did that day.
Donegal’s passage to the semis included an impressive defeat of Fermanagh in the last round.
They defeated Fermanagh 3-18 to 2-8. Mickey McCann shone for Donegal that day. He rounded off a super all round display with the final goal of the game. He also scored five points that day and he will be the main danger man for Donegal this Saturday.
Along with McCann South Down will have to wary of the threat posed by Enda McDermott. Against Fermanagh McDermott scored a brace of goals which gave Donegal a healthy cushion during the game.
On paper this game is very evenly matched. South Down will have home field advantage and that could be crucial. Donegal have been in good form in the competition and they are marginal picks to outpoint South Down in what should be a close affair.