Ulster Senior League under threat

Intermediate football in Donegal is under serious threat following revelations at the AGM of the Ulster Senior League on Monday night.

The Donegal Junior League have been asked to intervene to take charge of the Ulster Senior League as well as the Donegal League.

In his report to the Ulster Senior League annual general meeting secretary Niall Callaghan reported that officials of the Ulster Senior League had spoken to both the Inishowen and Donegal Leagues on the matter.

“We, as an executive, have worked tirelessly to get teams into our league. We have spoken to both the Inishowen and Donegal leagues, with only the latter willing to work with us,” said the secretary.

“The Donegal League have been approached with a view to running intermediate football from the start of 2017 season.”

The Donegal Junior League were due to discuss the request at their delegate meeting last night (Wednesday).

The Ulster Senior League is going since 1986 and at its height 14 team competed. However, that number has dropped drastically in recent years and only six clubs competed in the league last year. And only six have signed up to compete in the season ahead.

The six clubs are Bonagee United, Cockhill Celtic, Derry City Reserves, Fanad United, Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers.

The Ulster Senior League also runs the Knockalla Caravans Cup and officials are also looking at the revamping of the Cup competition and are hoping to attract teams from Tyrone and Derry to take part.