Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

Colm hoping to spark UUJ McKenna Cup run

Colm Cavanagh has grown accustomed to living in the considerable shadow of his older brother Sean.

Yet the strapping 20-year-old still made a useful impact in helping Tyrone to win their third All Ireland title last summer.

His versatility and finishing were assets which helped to enhance the Red Hands dominance of the championship sphere.

But right now Colm’s talents are required in a different arena.

UUJ are anxious to get the Moy Tir na nOg clubman on board as they prepare for daunting tasks in the Gaelic Life Dr McKenna Cup against Derry and Fermanagh.

In contrast to last year when they were just edged out for a semi-final slot, the Jordanstown side, minus Colm, have made an inauspicious start to their campaign, falling by 3-14 to 0-13 to Donegal.

This time round, too, the UUJ line-up is not exactly peppered with county team players as it was in previous years - quite the opposite, in fact.

They must square up to what is a largely experimental Derry side on Sunday knowing that defeat would terminate their interest in the destination of the trophy.

And that’s where the inclusion of Colm Cavanagh can prove a bonus.

Barney McAleenan is helping to guide the UUJ side this year and even though they have had the benefit of matches in the Higher Education sphere recently while county teams have been forced to kick their heels, the Poly have not made the best start to the McKenna Cup.

“But we still have a good spirit and a number of players who are due to come back in. The manner in which we lost to Donegal was somewhat disappointing but hopefully we can remedy that situation as we go along. Derry and Fermanagh will be huge tests for us at this point in time, though” says McAleenan.

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