Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Donnelly now keen to major at Minor level for Fermanagh

Kieran Donnelly has joined up with Peter Canavan as Errigal Ciaran bid to rediscover the glory glory days.

But on Sunday afternoon his entire focus will be on Fermanagh and an Ulster Minor championship clash with Down in Brewester Park.

It’s his second season as the Erne county boss and he agrees that Down represent a formidable challenge.

Fermanagh’s form in the Ulster Minor League was mixed and Donnelly has basically had to build a new side from last season.

It’s a challenge he faces with commendable relish and enthusiasm.

Down, All Ireland champions four seasons ago under Mark Turley, are a formidable side.

Players from St. Colman’s College, Newry and St. Malachy’s, Castlwellan form the nucleus of a side with huge potential.

Manager Turley, though, insists it’s far too early to pass judgement.

“It takes a minor team time to gell and to get to know each other.

“For the most part you are starting from scratch at the start of each new season.” he said.

Centre-half-forward Ross McGarry appears to be the stand out player on this Down side and a player the Erne men must contain or else they face an early exit from the championship.

Attacker Michael McAleer is a huge doubt for Fermanagh as he strives to recover from a groin strain. Manager Donnelly is keeping his fingers crossed that his main attacking ace comes through a late fitness test.

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