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McGinnity not taking Belcoo lightly

By John Campbell

Published 02/10/2013

Staying put: Peter McGinnity will not be taking over at Fermanagh
Staying put: Peter McGinnity will not be taking over at Fermanagh

It is often claimed within GAA circles that a team has to first learn how to cope with losing an important final before they can master the art of winning one.

It can be truthfully said that Roslea Shamrocks have followed this particular theory to the letter.

In 2009 they were beaten by Derrygonnelly Harps in the Fermanagh senior football championship final by 3-9 to 1-7, but obviously they absorbed their lessons well as they triumphed over St Patrick's in the decider the following year (3-4 to 0-8).

And to show that they were really meticulous in their homework, they made it back to back titles in 2011 by getting the better of Teemore by 1-10 to 1-7.

Now Roslea and their personable manager, Erne icon Peter McGinnity, like to think that they have merely 'loaned' the title to last year's winners Tempo as they prepare for Sunday's final against surprise packet Belcoo.

"When you maybe win a couple of county titles you tend to set new targets and naturally we were keen to make a fist of things in the Ulster club championship in those recent years when we were Fermanagh champions but it wasn't to be," explains McGinnity.

"But we are an older and wiser team now – much too wise to look beyond Belcoo, indeed".

McGinnity may have ruled himself out of the race for the post of Fermanagh boss, but he still has strong designs on enhanced success for his club.

"Obviously to lift another Fermanagh crown would be a huge bonus. We will go into the game in a positive frame of mind and see where that takes us. It's one step at a time as far as I am concerned," he added.

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