Updated: Oct 19, 2018
Saturday 20th October 2018
Ulster Club Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final
Na Cúnna Limavady v Teconnaught (An Dún)
Having already listed the Derry JFC title, the Neil Carlin Cup, the Division 3 league title and promotion to Division 1B for next season among their achievements, Limavady Wolfhounds this weekend take their young side once again to Owenbeg, this time to face the Down champions.
Their opponents Teconnaught are also celebrating a record-winning season of their own after they completed a Division 4 league and Championship double for the first time in their history by defeating Kilclief by a single point only last weekend.
The parallels continue when both sides' league form is examined. Teconnaught were comfortable Division 4 winners in the end, going through the campaign unbeaten, much like their Derry counterparts.
This game has the makings of a goal-fest.
The Down men have a penchant for green flags, with an eye-watering 41 goals in their 14-game league campaign and they hit a further seven under championship pressure, their forward unit certainly one with which to be reckoned. The Wolfhounds are no stranger to the rigging themselves, their charge to the Division 3 title yielding 34 goals, while in championship action they added another eight to that tally.
Teconnaught were handed a boost this season with the return of former London captain David McGreevy to his home club, while captain David Kelly is leading his side into their first Ulster campaign since 2013, where they lost out to eventual runners-up Killeehshil. Jack Larkin has the ability to control midfield and will need to be at his best to deal with AFL-courted Callum Brown of Na Cúnna, while Ciaran Carville and Paddy Grant provide the cutting edge in the forwards.
Ruairí Hasson and full forward Cormac Quigley were clinical as the Limavady men defeated Moneymore in the county final, while Richard King's accuracy from frees and Conor Boyd's leadership from the back were crucial, but came in a match in which they were rarely troubled. Limavady's key men will be relishing the challenge of stepping to a higher level in the Ulster series.
They have been here before. In 2003 they took Monaghan Harps to a replay in the final, before eventually suffering a ten-point loss. Only Conor Forrest remains from that campaign, and he had the final say in the county final, kicking overa late free after his appearance in the latter stages of the game.
With both teams geared towards attacking football and having spent all season playing as favourites, this game could come down to who adapts best in the heightened pressure of the Ulster Club Championship.
Teconnaught's more recent experience at this level may just give them the edge over Na Cúnna, but if both teams play to form, we have an entertaining hour ahead of us in Owenbeg on Saturday afternoon.