Minor championship next Monday

The minor club football championship, which was due to start last night, Wednesday, will instead get under way next Monday night.

Donegal manager Declan Bonner, speaking after Sunday’s 2-19 to 1-10 minor win over Antrim, had called for the club minor championship to be postponed until after the Ulster final on 20 July.

He met with Donegal GAA officials on Monday night, and a compromise was hammered out that sees the minor club championship schedule amended to help facilitate Donegal’s preparations in their quest for a first Ulster minor title since 2006.

The original fixtures schedule had proposed the three group games to be played between Wednesday 25 June and Wednesday 9 July, with the Northern Board semis and final fixed for 30 July and 10 August respectively. The county final was scheduled for 12 September.

However, that has been changed following Monday night’s meeting.

Two games will be played on Monday 30 June and 7 July, with the competition then taking a break until August.

By virtue of reaching the Ulster final, Donegal have also qualified for the All-Ireland quarter final, which will be played on 2-4 August.

Should Donegal win the quarter final, they will play in the All-Ireland semi final on either 24 or 31 August. That gives a three or four week window during which the third round and regional semi final will be played.

The county final is scheduled for the first weekend in October.

All seven Inishowen teams will be in action next Monday night.

Top billing locally goes to the Division 1 clash between Urris and Burt at Straid, while Naomh Colmcille travel to Downings to take on the Fanad-Downings Mulroy Gaels amalgamation.

In Division 2, Muff travel to take on Convoy, Buncrana, featuring Donegal minors Caolan McGonagle and John Campbell, travel to Termon while Malin are away to Red Hugh’s. Moville, who can call on county minors Tony McClenaghan and Ciaran Diver, are away to St Michael’s, while Danny Monagle’s Carn have a home tie against MacCumhaill’s.