Club Soccer Bike: Gweedore faces heavy challenge in Ulster against Crossmaglen Rangers

One of the great curiosities of the Ulster Football World Cup is the failure of the clubs in Donegal that have an impact.

Since the first competition in 1968, the only winners in Donegal have been St. Joseph since 1975.

Only three times the Donegal Club became the last at 43, Killybegs in 1991, Naomh Conaill in 2010 and Glenswilly in 2013.

While the correlation between province regional and club performances is often low, it is worth pointing out that since 1975, Donegal has won seven times the Ulster Championship and has appeared in the next 11 finals.

Like Tyrone, it may be the case that their domestic competition is so wild – St Eunan is the only club that has maintained the Donegal SFC for the last 20 years – that the attraction of the challenge for the provincial title is too far away.

Their most recent representatives, Gweedore, are facing a major challenge to improve tomorrow's district in the competition when they play Crossmaglen Rangers in the semi-finals, which will lead the weather and double headings with the second semi-final between Scotstown and Coleraine at Healy Park in Omagh.

With the huge presence of the McGee, Neila and Eamonna brothers, the Odrange MacNiallais and Kevin Cassidy athlete, who has brought all of his experience that they have been reworked to be full, Gweedore has more than crucial competitiveness at this level, although he doubts to hang on to MacNiallais at this time.

But when it's the first time after three years that they have reached this stage and may not be as great as before, it's still hard to look around Crossmaglen.

The most likely outcome of tomorrow's semifinals is the repetition of the final in 2015, when Cross surprised Scotstown in epic battles after a long time.

Winners at Monaghan are strong favorites to avoid Coleraine, who first appeared in Derry for the first time in eight years in tomorrow's pendant.

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