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Derry Senior Football Championship: Enda Muldoon makes his last minute final plea

By John Campbell

The ill-luck which has recently bedevilled one of Ulster’s leading footballers could yet see him forced to forgo the opportunity to assist his side in next Sunday’s Derry senior championship final.

Banned: Enda Muldoon could miss Sunday’s Derry final

Within the past two years Enda Muldoon, who played a key role in taking Ballinderry to the All-Ireland club championship title in 2002, has suffered THREE serious metatarsal injuries which have severely curtained his involvement for both club and county.

And now in the team’s build-up to Sunday’s showdown with Coleraine at Celtic Park, Muldoon has suddenly been hit with a proposed four-week suspension by the Derry Competitions Control Committee emanating from a red card he incurred in Ballinderry’s semi-final victory over Lavey earlier this month.

Kevin McCloy suffered a similar penalty in the same game.

Now in a bid to avoid the heartbreak of missing the final Muldoon will make a plea to the Derry Hearings Committee this week.

“Enda has been the mainstay of our side for a long time now. The thought of going into a county final without him is nearly too much to bear,” said a club spokesman.

With James Conway expected to start in midfield against the physically strong and athletic Coleraine pair of Niall Holly and Sean Paul Henry, Muldoon’s skill and craft are likely to be deployed in attack should he made the cut.

Coleraine, who only graduated to senior status three years ago, expect to be at full strength for a match that has gripped the imagination of GAA fans well beyond the county boundary.

Meanwhile, it would appear that the impasse surrounding the appointment of a new Monaghan football team manager is no nearer being resolved. Indeed, there is still a school of thought that would suggest Seamus McEnaney, who has been in charge for the past six years, could yet be reappointed.

A meeting of the county management committee took place last night but the appointment of a new senior county team manager was not on the agenda.

County PRO Siobhan McQuillan said: “We do appear to be any further down the line and aspects of the situation in which we find ourselves appear to be cloaked in intrigue. But hopefully we will get the matter sorted out sooner rather than later.”

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