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Coleraine worthy of final chance: Passmore

By Declan Bogue

Published 18/11/2016

Joe Passmore, the joint-manager of Coleraine Eoghan Rua hurling club, has maintained that their appearance in this weekend's Ulster Intermediate final is the ultimate justification for pursuing their appeal to overturn a decision by the Ulster Council to disqualify them from the tournament.

The Derry men take on St Brigid's of Cloughmills on Sunday, with the venue moved earlier in the week from Cushendall to Ballymena, with a throw-in time of 1pm.

Eoghan Rua withdrew from the Derry Senior Championship, which was found to be the correct ruling by Croke Park, after a number of weeks of uncertainty following the Ulster Council's decision to bar them from the Intermediate Championship.

"The point about pursuing the appeal was that there was a decision made by the club that the administrators would appeal for participation, and the players would make sure that they prepared for every eventuality," explained Passmore.

"So while it was difficult training for three to four weeks not knowing if we were going to be in the competition or not, we went about the job very diligently and prepared as best we could."

And that proved after a 1-5 to 0-0 lead was built up in the first 10 minutes of their semi-final against Bredagh of Down, with Eoghan Rua triumphing in the end on a 1-18 to 2-4 scoreline.

As a former Antrim minor coach, Passmore is well aware of the capabilities of St Brigid's.

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