Dan Gordon set to be the key in 'Island's title surge
As if in response to his former Down colleague Benny Coulter's assertion that the current Mourne outfit could benefit from an extra layer of experience, Dan Gordon has been turning on the style for Loughinisland in their surge to the county Intermediate football title.
And with their trophy safely under lock and key, Gordon and his colleagues are now strongly focused on claiming an even more august award as they step up their campaign in the Ulster Club Championship Intermediate tomorrow.
Tyrone champions Edendork, complete with Niall Morgan, one of the best custodians in the country, stand between them and a place in the semi-final but such is Gordon's imposing influence within the Down champions' line-up that a second helping of silverware is not beyond the bounds of possibility.
While Gordon's form is mana from heaven for his club, it is being enthusiastically hailed too by Down officials - surely the ultimate in endorsements.
"Dan is playing some of the best football of his career," notes county board spokesman Paul Rooney, "He is an inspirational figure in the Loughinisland side and he will undoubtedly have a big part to play against Edendork."
Antrim champions Glenavy face a stiff test against Fermanagh representatives Irvinestown while Bundoran, who have come to the fore this year, will take on Armagh outfit Clan Eireann.
Monaghan star Colin Walshe will be a key figure in Doohamlet's bid to halt Cavan champions Ballyhaise.
In the Ulster Club Junior Championship, Fermanagh side Coa will be backboned by county skipper Eoin Donnelly, Leon Charters and Ryan Hanna for their meeting with Monaghan side Rockcorry.