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Friday, 15 September, 2000, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
Big weekend of club action
Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan plays for Errigal Ciaran against Carrickmore
The Ulster GAA focus is very much on club action this weekend with county finals taking place in several counties.

Peter Canavan will be hoping to show Ireland manager Brian McEniff he has made a huge mistake by impressing in Sunday's Tyrone Championship Final replay at Omagh (3.30).

Canavan's club Errigal Ciaran and Carrickmore played out a thrilling draw on September 3.

Seamus McCallan's injury-time fisted goal earned Carrickmore a re-match after the Carmen outfit seemed beaten.

Ideal opportunity

Brian McEniff, who left Canavan out of the Ireland squad for the International Rules series, is expected to be a spectator at Omagh so the Errigal Ciaran man has the ideal opportunity to stake a late claim for inclusion.

Match of the day in Ulster could prove Sunday's Harp Lager Derry decider when holders Bellaghy and Ballinderry clash at Celtic Park (5.30).

Brian McEniff
Ireland manager Brian McEniff will watch the Tyrone Final

Bellaghy edged out Ballinderry in last year's final and the Shamrocks club will be itching for revenge.

The holders return this season minus the retired Danny Quinn and Damian Cassidy while Benny Lee is also unavailable because of injury.

Plagued career

In addition, Bellaghy players David O'Neill, Gareth Dohety, Paddy Downey and Louis McPeake are also said to be struggling with injuries but all are expected to line out.

County full-back O'Neill is a doubt because of a recurrence of the injury which has plagued his career.

Ballinderry look to have the better forward line with Adrian McGuckin and Gerard Cassidy in exceptional form in recent weeks.

However, Enda Muldoon is very much the main man for Ballinderry and his recent injury troubles will be a source of wory for Shamrocks manager Damian Barton.

Remaining ambitions

The Harp Down Football Final sees Ross Carr bidding yet again to get his hands on a county championship medal.

Carr's Clonduff tackle Liatroim on Sunday at Newry (3.30) and the veteran will never get a better opportunity to achieve one of his few remaining ambitions in the game.

Diarmuid Marsden
Diarmuid Marsden plays for Clan na Gael this weekend in the Armagh Championship

Liatroim are making their first appearance in a Down senior final in 80 years.

In addition to Carr, other big names in the Clonduff side include Shane Ward plus All-Ireland Minor star from 1999 John Fegan.

Liatroim's star player is talented youngster Liam Doyle.

Clonduff go in as strong favourites and should take the title.

Donegal final

The Donegal Final at Ballybofey on Sunday (3.30) pits Ardara and St holders St Eunan's.

Both the Tennents sponsored Antrim Football and Hurling Finals take place at Casement Park on Sunday.

The hurling decider (2.15) sees favourites Dunloy facing Cushendun while the football final between holders Cargin at St Paul's follows at 4pm.

Armagh football championship quarter-final action also takes place over the weekend with the big game the clash of Pearse Og and Clan na Gael on Sunday in Abbey Park (6.15).

Double-header

Diamuid Marsden and Barry O'Hagan will line out for the Clans while Ogs will include Ger Houlahan and Kieran Hughes.

Earlier in the afternoon, holders and All-Ireland Champions Crossmaglen face Keady at the Athletic Grounds (3pm).

This is the second part of an Athletic Grounds double-header which also features the Dromintee taking on Sarsfields (1.30).

The Armagh quarter-final action kicks off with Cullaville facing Silverbridge in Crossmaglen on Saturday evening (6.15).

Former Armagh captain Jarlath Burns will line out for Silverbridge.

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