Ernesiders view hurling clash as important step in development
Fermanagh are scheduled to meet Sligo in the semi-final of the All-Ireland U21 Hurling 'C' Championship on Saturday - but they are taking nothing for granted.
It was just a few hours before they were due to meet Longford in the quarter-finals at the week-end that the Ernesiders received a communication to the effect that the midland county would not be able to field a team.
This came just a couple of days after it had been confirmed that Cavan were unable to muster enough players to face Sligo in another quarter-final.
Understandably, Fermanagh may now be wary but they are nonetheless already immersed in preparations for the fixture.
"We see this as an important fixture in terms of the development of hurling in our county and we certainly are putting every effort into ensuring that we can boost our chances of making it into the final," says Fermanagh spokesman Pauric McGurn.
Donegal and Louth are due to meet in the other semi-final.
Donegal reached the last four by beating Tyrone by 2-10 to 1-7 on Saturday with Mark McCrory and Peadar Daly showing up well for the Red Hands who were unable to match their opponents' strong finish.
Louth showed their mettle by overcoming next-door neighbours Monaghan by 5-14 to 2-18 and clearly have their sights fixed on making an impact in the competition.