Liam Quinn aiming to hit more heights as Antrim eye up Minor success
Liam Quinn has certainly tasted bittersweet fortunes in a sporting context within the past year.
While assisting Antrim in the Ulster Minor Football Championship last summer, he suffered a broken leg which kept him out of action for some months before he returned at colleges' level to help St Mary's GS, Magherafelt achieve a stunning MacRory Cup triumph in March.
Tomorrow, Quinn will be a key figure in the Saffrons side that will face Donegal in the provincial Minor competition quarter-final at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey where they will be hoping to improve on the form they showed in the recent Ulster Minor League.
Seanchan Duffin, Eoghan McCabe, Eoin Nagle and Joe Maybin are other key figures in an Antrim side hoping to rise to the occasion.
Also anxious to hit the right note are Fermanagh, who confront Monaghan today in the preliminary round of the Ulster Minor Championship at Clones (5pm).
Erne boss Phil O'Connor, along with Shaun Doherty and Eoin Bradley, has put considerable emphasis on evolving a strategy that he hopes will serve his side well against a Monaghan outfit with designs on the title.
Skipper Eoin Beacom, Darragh McGurran and Lorcan McStravick are among players who can help set the tone for Fermanagh's performance.
In the recent Ulster Minor League they beat Tyrone and drew with Donegal, performances that have triggered encouragement for today's mission.
Manager O'Connor feels his team's sharp competitive edge will stand them in good stead.