Tomorrow sees two county championships up for grabs in Derry as the Premier Electric Junior and McFeely Group Intermediate Championship Finals take place in Owenbeg. Both the Division 2 and 3 champions feature and will be looking to add the championship titles to the league medals they won earlier in the year.
Premier Electric Derry IFC Final
Limavady Wolfhounds v Henry Joy McCracken's Moneymore
Richie Donoghue (Robert Emmet's Slaughtneil)
Runners-up last season, the Wolfhounds come into this match off the back of an unbeaten league campaign, including promotion to Division 1B of next season's league via a play-off, beating Sarsfield's Ballerin to secure their status. A championship victory and an Ulster campaign would be a bonus for the Limavady side, who have not tasted Junior success since 2003.
As Moneymore crashed to a lacklustre defeat to Glack in their opening game in Ballerin, there was only a brief period where the Henry Joys looked like contenders, as they forced their way back into the game before half time. A second half red card saw them see out the rest of the game with fourteen men as Glack dominated, but they have rediscovered some of that form on their run to the final.
Both of these sides had to see off Magilligan and Glack en route to the final, with Moneymore's clash particularly exciting, as Paudie O'Neill hit 1-03 to ensure their passage. Their marquee forward will be a key player as they attempt to take the title tomorrow, but in Callan Bloomer, they have the championship's top scorer who certainly packs a punch.
The stand-out name of course for Limavady is Callum Brown, who continues to be the subject of a will-he-won't-he saga as regards Australian Rules. If this is indeed to be his county championship bow, he will be looking to sign off with a medal in his pocket, while Ruairí Hasson, the Wolfhounds' top scorer in the JFC, will also have a big say in the destination of the Joe Brolly Cup.
Champions in 2014 meet runners-up in 2017. Both teams have had recent experience of the competition showpiece, but Moneymore will come in as underdogs and hope to make a good start against the favourites if they are to stand a chance of claiming the title.
McFeely Group Derry IFC Final
St Mary's Banagher v St Trea's Ballymaguigan
The 1952 Junior Football Championship remains Banagher's last title, and the St Mary's men will be hoping to end their 67-year famine by adding the IFC title to the league title they annexed back in July.
St Trea's are suffering a hunger, if not quite a famine, of their own, having not tasted championship success since 2009 in the same competition and having seen off tough opposition in Castledawson and Drumsurn, they will be confident that their momentum will give them every chance of dining out on success in Owenbeg tomorrow evening.
Enda Muldoon leads his Banagher charges into battle knowing that as the team coming down from last year's Senior ranks, the pressure is on the St Mary's men to perform. The midfield pair of Mark Lynch and Brian Óg McGilligan have had a fine league campaign, while sharp attackers Peter Hagan and Shane Farren link up well in the forward line.
St Trea's will look to linchpin Darren Conway to lead their attack, and creating space in which he can operate will be crucial to their success. Michael Spiers and Daniel Bradley will chip in with darting runs while Sean Brady has proven an effective link-man, dropping deep to secure possession and win ball.
The sheer size of the Banagher squad is something that Ballymaguigan will have to deal with. Such is the St Mary's strength in depth, St Trea's will need to be at their best for the full sixty minutes to keep themselves in with a shout of winning.
In Mark Lynch and Darren Conway, this game will feature the two highest scorers in the championship and they will have a big say in the destination of the Bateson, Sheridan and Lee Cup come 6:30 tomorrow evening.