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Eoin Donnelly sure Erne can pull off upset

By Declan Bogue

Monaghan's odds might have shortened from 6/1 to 9/2 for the Ulster title this week, but for Fermanagh captain Eoin Donnelly, he fully believes the Ernemen can upset the bookies' thinking.

Playing second fiddle to his neighbours holds no interest to Donnelly. The Coa O'Dwyer's man stated: "A big thing I can say is that I have confidence in myself. I feel I know what we are capable of doing. I know from my own individual targets and what I set out to achieve.

"Whatever some of the other players in the team think, we would try and build a bit of confidence there and give them foundations, reasons to believe.

"In the past you have built on positive experiences from playing against the Monaghan Under-21s down in Monaghan in Inniskeen when we beat them.

"You think that because you have played them and beat them, you have the confidence that you can do it again."

Donnelly is in his fourth year as captain, appointed as the team leader in Pete McGrath's first year as manager, and he has gone on to skipper his province to a Railway Cup triumph last December.

Upsetting the odds is a way of footballing life for Donnelly, who comes from one of the smallest units of the Association, but is steeped in football through his father - former player, administrator and referee Brendan - and mother Rose.

The club also keep him completely immersed in what they are doing, although work as a physio in Dundonald Hospital means he now lives in Lisburn.

"Any time they have events and that, you are always getting asked along. It's nice that way, that they will try and get you involved and I am only too happy to help," he added.

"I think it is important. You can see it with my mum, my dad and my family and how proud they are.

"They wouldn't miss a game no matter how badly we are playing, how far away that we have to travel."

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