Ulster SFC: Saturday start for 2017 provincial series

Monaghan and Fermanagh will contest the Ulster SFC opener in 2017
Monaghan and Fermanagh will contest the Ulster SFC opener in 2017

The Ulster Senior Football Championship will begin on a Saturday for the first time next year.

The dates and venues for the games have been confirmed with the preliminary round match between Monaghan and Fermanagh on Saturday, 20 May.

There will also be two games on the opening weekend with the Donegal v Antrim quarter-final a day later.

This reduces the championship from 10 to nine weeks with the decider to be played on Sunday, 16 July.

Tyrone are defending champions and Mickey Harte's side will take on derby rivals Derry at Celtic Park on Sunday, 28 May.

Ulster SFC preliminary round
Monaghan vFermanagh (Clones, Sat 20 May 19:00 BST)
Ulster SFC quarter-finals
DonegalvAntrim (Ballybofey, Sun 21 May 16:00)
Derry vTyrone (Celtic Park, Sun 28 May 14:00)
DownvArmagh (Parc Esler, Sun 4 June 14:00)
Cavanv Monaghan/Fermanagh (Breffni Pk or Brewster Pk, Sun 11 June 14:00)
Ulster SFC semi-finals
Derry/TyronevDonegal/Antrim (Sun, 18 June 14:00)
Down/ArmaghvCavan/Monaghan/Fermanagh (Sat, 24 June 19:00)
Ulster SFC final - Sun, 16 July 14:00

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