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McKenna cup set for March final

The Ulster Council will possibly have to wait until March to get the Dr McKenna Cup finished and this year's dramatic weather interruptions could yet force them to change the format to a knockout competition in future.

Ulster's pre-season tournament has been repeatedly hit by bad weather and their latest postponements came on Wednesday, when heavy frost forced off four of the six scheduled matches.

Tyrone and Fermanagh have yet to play a game in this year's competition and will now have to play three games in a week or so, with the former having games suspended three times already, between the weather and Michaela Harte's tragic death.

The latest midweek cancellations have forced the Ulster Council to announce another revised fixture list and the final group games are now down for decision on Saturday, January 29.

With the National Football League starting a week later, the second McKenna Cup semi-final has now been moved to February 12, which was the original date for the final.

And with a full programme of NFL games pencilled in for the following two weekends, it looks inevitable that the final will not take place until March, although an Ulster spokesman said yesterday that no decision on the final date will take place until the next Council meeting on February 3.

Irish Independent