Ryan Carson will not forget the summer of 2009 in a hurry.
Having been pitch-forked in to lead the Fermanagh attack in the Ulster Championship following an encouraging period at midfield during the National League, Carson collected a man-of-the-match accolade against Down in the preliminary round and although his side subsequently lost to Cavan in the first round, he maintained his good form until they bowed out of the All Ireland Qualifiers against Wicklow.
Indeed, Carson’s value to Fermanagh was further recognised when he lifted a prestigious Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award.
Now Carson is hoping to add another string to his increasingly impressive bow by collecting a second county championship medal in three years – and he is still logging up considerable mileage in his bid to achieve this.
The London-based telecommunications worker regularly commutes from there for matches and he again makes the trip for tomorrow night’s semi-final against Roslea at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (7.30).
“I’ve got used to the travelling. I’m just glad that we are in the semi-final and hopefully I’ll be making arrangements to return for the final,” smiles Ryan.
Newtownbutler will certainly require all his skill and power against a very much in-form Roslea side in which James Sherry pulls the strings from midfield. Sherry and Carson are colleagues in the Fermanagh side but their friendship will go on hold tomorrow night.
In the second semi-final at Brewster Park on Sunday (7.30), the much-improved Devenish will face Derrygonnelly. Last Sunday Devenish enhanced their title credentials by beating Enniskillen Gaels, their youthful zest and cohesive teamwork proving too much for their opponents.