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Maggie Farrelly set to make history in refixed McKenna Cup clash

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016 10:18 | Comments

Maggie Farrelly will take charge of the McKenna Cup clash between Fermanagh and St Mary's
Maggie Farrelly will take charge of the McKenna Cup clash between Fermanagh and St Mary's

Maggie Farrelly will make history in Garvaghey tonight when she becomes the first female referee to officiate a senior men’s inter-county game.

Farrelly will take charge of the refixed McKenna Cup clash between Fermanagh and St Mary's, which was postponed on Sunday.

The Cavan woman was a sideline official for the Ulster senior club championship meeting of St Gall's and Tempo Maguires back in 2012 and became the first female to take charge of an inter-county game last year when she oversaw  an Ulster minor championship collision between Fermanagh and Antrim.

She will now break new ground when she throws in for the round 1 fixture at 8.00pm tonight.

Fermanagh have a decent recent record in the McKenna Cup, making the semi-finals in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Pete McGrath will be looking for another strong showing as a platform for a tough looking league; the Ernesiders' NFL Division 2 campaign starts with a trip to Derry before a home fixture with Meath.

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY FIXTURES

O'Byrne Cup [7.30pm unless stated]

Group A: Dublin v IT Carlow, IT Carlow, Wexford v DCU, Enniscorty 

Group B: Kildare v Louth, Hawkfield, Newbridge, Offaly v DIT, Gracefield [8pm]

Group C: Laois v Carlow, O'Moore Park; Meath v UCD, Simonstown

Group D: Westmeath v Longford, St Loman's, Mullingar; Wicklow v Maynooth University, Ballinakill Centre of Excellence

McKenna Cup [8pm]

Group A: Antrim v Queens, The Dub

Group B: Fermanagh v St Marys, Garvaghey

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