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Preview: Ulster Up For Grabs In Electric Ireland Minor Championship

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Both codes share the limelight this weekend in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championship with the last of the provincial titles up for grabs in Ulster while Croke Park plays host to a repeat of last year’s hurling final. 

The action gets underway at 12 pm on Sunday when holders, Galway, begin the defence of their Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championship crown against Kilkenny.

This game will be streamed live via the official Electric Ireland website.

At 4 pm the action turns to the Athletic Grounds in Armagh where Tyrone and Monaghan battle it out for the right to be crowned Ulster Champions.

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Electric Ireland GAA Ulster Minor Football Final

Monaghan go in search of back-to-back titles on Sunday when they meet Collie Holmes’ Tyrone outfit at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

The game marks the third time the two sides will have met this season. However, with the Electric Ireland Ulster Football Championship up for grabs there’s no doubting that this is the most important game for both counties so far this season.

Monaghan initially got their title defence off to a rocky start when they laboured to wins over Down and Antrim. However, the Farney men found their groove in Round 2 when they came up against the Red Hands in Carrickmore. Tyrone came into the game high on confidence after easily dispatching of Donegal in the previous round, however, three goals from Kyle Connolly, Darragh Dempsey and Eoin Duffy tipped the scales in Monaghan’s favour.

Tyrone bounced back to defeat Down and set-up a semi-final clash with neighbours Derry. The Red Hands then turned in a beautiful performance to dispatch of their rivals and ensure a third meeting between these two sides this season.

Monaghan will look to experienced campaigners, Jason Irwin (captain), Karl Gallagher and Shane Hanratty going into the game while Tyrone will call upon the skills of Luke Donnelly, Mark Devlin, Niall Devlin (captain) and Michael McGleenan to get them over the line.

Don’t be surprised if extra-time is needed in this one.

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Electric Ireland GAA All-Ireland Minor Hurling Quarter-Final

Holders, Galway, begin the defence of their title on Sunday against Kilkenny and the young Tribesmen will be looking to continue on their impressive record dating back to 2015 where they’ve lost just once in 13 games.

Galway go into the game as undoubted favourites but they won’t get it all their own way against a young Kilkenny side that will be eager to make up for last year’s disappointing final defeat.

Brian Hanley’s Galway side will look to All-Ireland winners, Sean O’Donoghue, Ian McGlynn and Colm Cunningham to spearhead their push where they’ll be backed up by the likes of Niall Glynn, Conor Slattery, Tiernan Kelly and Colm Molloy who recently won an All-Ireland of their own in the Celtic Challenge.

Despite it being Galway’s first competitive game of the summer, Kilkenny manager, Richie Mulrooney doesn’t see it as an advantage to his side who dispatched Clare last weekend.

Speaking to kclrfanzone, Mulrooney said: “We found out last year in playing Galway in Semple Stadium that the amount of matches we had behind us was absolutely no advantage at all.”

Billy Drennan (0-9) and Pierce Blanchfield (1-3) starred for Kilkenny last weekend and no doubt they will look to lead the Kilkenny line once more as they attempt to enact revenge following last year’s final defeat.

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Brought to you by Electric Ireland

Minor players are embarking on their adult lives. They have hopes, dreams, pressures, distractions and ambitions, but for this one moment in time, the Electric Ireland Minor Championships is the major thing in their lives.

Follow the conversation at #GAAThisIsMajor or be a part of the action; watch a selection of the GAA Minor Hurling & Football matches live, join in the pre game ritual of the Championship Haircut at the provincial finals  or  vote for your Minor Player of the week, with all nominated players  in with a chance of making the Electric Ireland Minor Team of the Year 2019.

Find all information on  https://www.electricireland.ie/gaa-minor-championships.

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