Milford will have to deal with Tommy 
Ryan on Sunday!

Milford will have to deal with Tommy 
Ryan on Sunday!
Milford complete the Donegal line-up in Ulster action this weekend when they face Michael Davitts, the Antrim champions.

Milford complete the Donegal line-up in Ulster action this weekend when they face Michael Davitts, the Antrim champions.

They will be faced by a familiar foe when they travel to Belfast as former Termon and Donegal star, Tommy Ryan, is in charge of their opposition.

Like Naomh Muire, in the Intermediate championship, the Donegal junior champions are on the road as their clash with the Antrim flag bearers is at the Lamh Dhearg club ground off the Falls Road in Belfast. (Throw-in 2.30 pm.)

“This is our second time to play in the Ulster Junior championship. The last time was nine years ago. It was the first year of the competition and we did not take all that much interest in it,” said Milford manager Nigel Black.

“We lost to Lissummon of Armagh by a point after giving away three early goals. This year we are ready and really want to give the championship a right good go.

“It is hard to know what to expect; we know very little about Michael Davitts, other than they are managed by Tommy Ryan (former Donegal player and mentor) so he will know a fair bit about us.

“But we have prepared well and the good thing about it since the county final we’ve had a league game literally every week. We have played six games since the final against Urris, and we have won five of them and also won the Division Four League as well.

“The only game we lost was the weekend after the final so we have won the last five and take a winning run into Sunday’s game. We are hoping to give it our best shot and hopefully we are good enough. The boys are up for it and would like to get a run going in Ulster. It would be a big boost to the club and it would be a great way to round off what has already been a good season for the club.”

Since their 2-9 to 2-6 county final win over Urris at the beginning of September, Milford have lost midfielder Lorcan Friel and corner back Anthony McPaul to emigration. They have both departed to Canada.

However, they have been boosted by the return of Sean Black - from America - and Tony McNamee - from Derry City.

Milford are injury free and manager Black has reported a clean bill of health for Sunday’s showdown with the Antrim champions.