Ulster club SFC: Big stage beckons for Ulster club elite

Slaughtneil are the only team in this year's Ulster club SFC to have won the trophy before, beating Omagh St Enda's in 2014
Slaughtneil are the only team in this year's Ulster club SFC to have won the trophy before, beating Omagh St Enda's in 2014
Ulster club senior football quarter-finals
Date: Sunday 30 October Throw-in: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster MW 1341 from 14:25 BST and the BBC Sport website

This year's Ulster club senior football championship is wide open with seven teams in Sunday's quarter-finals all bidding to become first-time winners.

Only Derry side Slaughtneil have lifted the Seamus McFerran Cup before in 2014.

Crowned Ulster hurling champions last week, the dual club play Fermanagh winners Derrygonnelly at Celtic Park.

Five-in-a-row Down kingpins Kilcoo play Glenswilly [Donegal], Antrim's Cargin play Killyclogher [Tyrone] and Maghery face Ramor United of Cavan in Armagh.

Crossmaglen Rangers have dominated the Armagh and Ulster club championship for two decades and their shock county semi-final defeat this year paved the way for Maghery to emerge as first-time champions.

Captained by former Armagh midfielder James Lavery, they are ranked outsiders for Ulster success, as are their opponents Ramor United who won the Cavan title after a 24-year wait.

Killyclogher brothers Tiernan and Conal McCann celebrate winning their first Tyrone SFC title
Killyclogher brothers Tiernan and Conal McCann celebrate winning their first Tyrone SFC title

Cargin, Kilcoo and Slaughtneil are the teams with most experience of the testing Ulster club championship.

Kilcoo have been knocking on the door and came closest in 2012 losing the decider to Cross.

Donegal champions Glenswilly, led by 2012 All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy, were surprise winners over Kilcar in the county final and won't mind being underdogs again in Pairc Esler, Newry.

Cargin also lost out to Cross last year but easily retained their Antrim title and their clash with Tyrone champions Killyclogher in Healy Park could be the most closely contested of Sunday's games.

Slaughtneil are fighting on all fronts and will be on an emotional high after becoming the first Derry side to win the Ulster hurling title last Sunday.

The three-in-a-row Derry football champions will be favourites to beat Derrygonnelly, who themselves retained their Fermanagh title in impressive fashion this year.