National Football League coverage begins on Radio Ulster

Donegal's Patrick McBrearty and Caolan Mooney of Down
Donegal's Patrick McBrearty and Caolan Mooney of Down are likely to be in action at Newry on Saturday night

The GAA National Football League returns to BBC Radio Ulster this weekend, with comprehensive coverage of the fortunes of all nine Ulster counties across the four divisions.

Thomas Kane, Thomas Niblock and Mark Sidebottom will present the programmes, with expert panellists and pundits on hand for analysis in studio.

The action gets underway on BBC Radio Ulster MW on Saturday night at 18:45 GMT, with Division One newcomers Down hosting Donegal in Newry at 19:00 GMT.

Mark Sidebottom will be joined by Steven McDonnell, with Owen McConnon and Enda McGinley on commentary.

On Sunday, BBC Radio Ulster MW will have all the action and reaction as Division two kicks off with five Ulster teams competing in a fiercely contested second tier.

This weekend sees two Ulster derbies on the opening Sunday, when Tyrone host Cavan in Omagh and Derry play Fermanagh in Celtic Park.

Coverage begins at 13:30 GMT, with Mark Sidebottom presenting and commentary teams at both games.

The GAA National Football League games will be available on BBC Radio Ulster 1341 MW and online. Fans can access the coverage as it happens on their smartphone or tablet through the BBC Sport NI website.