Erne skipper McGullion feels upbeat about Antrim clash
Fermanagh minor football team skipper Shane McGullion is hoping to lead his side out of the wilderness this weekend.
The Erne team last won in the Ulster Championship five years ago and they are hoping to bring what has been a depressing sequence of defeats to an end when they confront Antrim in Enniskillen on Sunday.
McGullion is aware of the massive challenge that his team face as they embark on another championship mission burdened by apprehension.
"It's a big task for us but we are at home and we have to take a very positive approach to the championship," said McGullion.
Antrim will travel to Brewster Park fortified by their recent win over Derry in the Ulster Minor League Shield play-off but conscious too that ten years have elapsed since they were last in the provincial final.
Manager Hugh McGettigan oversaw a league campaign in which his side beat both Tyrone and Fermanagh.
Indeed, it was a two-point win over the Ernesiders that helps to send Antrim in as favourites on Sunday.
Fermanagh boss Keith Reilly makes no bones about his team's desire to make significant progress in the championship.
"Our focus has been on Antrim for some time and in every league game I drummed it into my players that it was up to them to be pushing for starting places in the championship," he said