Western Bureau:Clarendon College have a score to settle against Cornwall College and they will have no bigger chance to do so than when they battle each other for a spot in the final of the 2016 ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup this afternoon at the St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) Sports Ground at 2:30 p.m.The last time these two teams met, the Chapleton-based Clarendon College were on the losing end of a six-goal thriller, going down 4-2 to Cornwall College at the semi-final stage of the FLOW Super Cup earlier in the month.And just like their first clash, this one is expected to be another humdinger between two of the daCosta Cup’s most prolific teams this year.The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College, although having to deal with two consecutive losses in recent weeks, should feel comfortable on the STETHS grounds against their rivals.This will be a play-to-the-very-end matchup, with both teams giving it one hundred per cent to land a date in the final.”We are always ready to play good football. We have had some issues in recent days but those are behind us. We have proven that we are a mature bunch of players,” stated Weatherly.”The win in the Super Cup was a good yardstick, but that’s done and over with. This will be a different ball game, but we are up for the challenge,” the Cornwall coach emphasised.And a challenge it will be indeed. Their best player going forward, Peter-Lee Vassell, has been carrying a leg injury. How ready he will be for this crucial match is unknown, while the rigours of a long season are beginning to show on their leading goal scorer, Jourdaine Fletcher.Fletcher, in particular, looked off colour in the Ben Francis Cup semi-final loss to Lennon High.The Clarendon College aggregation could counter with their highly rated team captain Creggton Charlton, leading the charge, along with the talented Shemar Hunter. The pair was on target against Cornwall in the Super Cup.Clarendon College goalkeeper Benjamin Williams could, however, be in for a busy day should Fletcher, who has benefited from a full week’s rest, find his best form today.Both schools boast significant pedigree in the daCosta Cup, with Cornwall being the most successful of the lot, with eleven titles. Clarendon College are six-time winners of the trophy.The last time Cornwall College reached the final they emerged champions back in 2001. Clarendon, meanwhile, last reached the final in 2014, where they defeated STETHS.The other semi-final will be played tomorrow at the Manchester High School grounds and pits the defending champions STETHS against high-flying Lennon High School who ended STETHS’ reign as Ben Francis Cup winners one week ago at the same venue.
Thousands of GAA supporters will travel to Monaghan today hoping Donegal can overcome their last hurdle to reach an Ulster Final.Managerial legend Mickey Harte and his experienced Tyrone side will be hoping to stop Jim McGuinness and his young guns from marching on.Cars will be filled with diesel, flasks will be filled with tea and fans will be filled with optimism as all roads lead to Clones. More than 10,000 Donegal fans are expected to make the two hour journey with warm temperatures forecast for the day.Whatever the weather, the atmosphere at Clones is expected to be red hot with many suggesting Donegal have what it takes to topple Tyrone.Throw-in for the big game is at 3.30pm and for those not travelling it will be broadcast live on BBC 2.Many commentators are tipping Donegal to cause an upset and take the mantle from Donegal. However Donegal manager Jim McGuinness says he knows the size of the task ahead of him and his players.“Tyrone have been the team to beat in Ulster for the past decade and this weekend’s game is no different.“We will know how far we have come after Sunday’s game. We are taking nothing for granted.“We are concentrating on our own game and playing to the best of our ability. If we can do that then we stand a good chance.“But the one thing we are not doing is underestimating this Tyrone team. That would be a fatal mistake,” he said. And despite their success over the past decade, Mickey Harte said he is taking nothing for granted against Donegal.“They have been getting good scores despite the fact that they have been playing well in defence, so they have a good mix.“They have players who can finish, and any team who have players who can finish are always going to be dangerous,” he said.Ends THOUSANDS TRAVEL TO MONAGHAN AS DONEGAL PREPARE TO SLAY TYRONE was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalTyroneUlster Championship semi-final