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Veteran McGourty poised to help St Gall's have final say yet again

By John Campbell

Published 05/10/2016

Kieran McGourty hoping for another match-winning goal
Kieran McGourty hoping for another match-winning goal

Kieran McGourty is hoping to propel St Gall's towards what could prove a second honour within a matter of weeks when he lines out against Lamh Dhearg in the Antrim Senior Football Championship semi-final at Ahoghill tonight (8.00pm).

Last month McGourty fired home what proved to be the winning goal in a tense penalty shoot-out which decided the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes Sevens competition.

It was a goal that saw off the host club and saw McGourty collect a sixth Sevens medal but tonight the emphasis will be very much on booking a place in the county final against Cargin who defeated St John's in the first semi-final on Sunday.

St Gall's have landed the title 13 times since 2000 with Cargin interrupting their dominance in 2006 and again last year.

But McGourty feels that the St Gall's old guard that includes Kevin Niblock, Karol Stewart, Sean Kelly and Sean Burke among others is suitably fired up to reclaim the crown.

Lamh Dhearg were taken to a replay by O'Donovan Rossa in the quarter-finals and will look to the Murray brothers Conor and Ryan along with veteran Paddy Cunningham to provide their inspiration in attack.

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