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Antrim Senior Football Championship: Victory would put St Gall’s on cloud nine

By John Campbell

Winning Antrim senior football championship titles has become second nature to St Gall’s.

The west Belfast club embroidered their county accolade with the Ulster and All-Ireland club titles last year but tomorrow they will be in hot pursuit of their ninth domestic crown in 10 years when they face Cargin at Casement Park (7pm).

They may not have been at their most convincing lately but this has not dissuaded manager Lenny Harbinson from expressing the belief that his side can flourish against their Toome opponents.

“Cargin have a lot of established Antrim players in their side and we will be treating them with the utmost respect. But I still feel we can come good,” says Harbinson.

Cargin’s battery of Antrim aces will form a strong barrier to St Gall’s aspirations. Tony Scullion, Ciaran Close, Justin Crozier, Kevin O’Boyle, Gerard O’Boyle and the McCann brothers Tómas and Michael embody skill, pace and a frenetic work-rate.

Talented teenagers John Carron and Fergal Johnston can make a big impression.

But the St Gall’s line-up is still dotted with familiar names including Karol Stewart, Kieran McGourty, Aodhan Gallagher, CJ McGourty, Martin Pollock and Colin Brady.

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New Derry football boss John Brennan has received a big pre-season boost with the news that Eoin Bradley has had a proposed 48-week ban halved on appeal.

It had been recommended that the Glenullin star get a 12-month suspension arising from an altercation with a referee in a club game, but after a hearing his ban was reduced to 24 weeks.

That means the forward could take some part in the 2011 National League, which will be a big fillip to Brennan, who has taken over from Damian Cassidy.

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