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Boyle is cautious of Cloughaneely's desire

By John Campbell

A few false dawns with Down have taught Ryan Boyle to take nothing for granted.

That's why when he leads Naomh Peadar Naofa, Warrenpoint out against Cloughaneely in tomorrow's Ulster Club Intermediate football championship semi-final, he will do so against a backdrop of caution.

The theory is that the Donegal team's two matches in 24 hours last weekend, which saw them clinch their county title at the expense of Buncrana and win an Ulster club quarter-final against Castledawson, will have taken a heavy toll on their stamina and commitment.

But their dual achievement is viewed by Boyle and his colleagues - and certainly by manager Bernie Ruane - as an indicator of Cloughaneely's desire to be crowned provincial champions.

The Warrenpoint side were forced to work hard to beat Dungannon Clarkes in their last eight meeting and now Boyle's experience will be put to the test by their north-west opponents.

Meanwhile, Antrim champions St Brigid's will take on Donegal champions St Michael's in the second semi-final of the Paul McGirr Memorial Tournament at Gardrum Park, Dromore today (1.00pm). Burren await the winners of today's semi-final in the decider on Sunday next.

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