Gifted Lyttle can inspire St Enda's against Enniskillen
The glowing health of under-age football in Ulster will be reflected this weekend when the provincial minor club tournament hosted by St Paul's, Belfast and the annual Paul McGirr Cup tournament at Dromore St Dympna's are taken to a new level.
And Antrim sides will strive to fly the flag for their county on both fronts with St Enda's Glengormley taking on Enniskillen Gaels in the first of the minor club quarter-finals tomorrow (1.30pm) and west Belfast outfit O'Donovan Rossa crossing swords with Armagh representatives Clan Eireann in the Paul McGirr decider on Sunday (2.00pm).
Saffrons minor star Odhran Eastwood will again pull the strings in a St Enda's side that includes skilful players in Michael McNamee, Conan Lyttle and Joseph Maskey while the Enniskillen team can look to sharpshooter Neil McDermott for inspiration.
Enniskillen joint boss John Reihill harbours concerns that his side have been out of action for some time, though.
"It has been a long time since we actually played as a team but we have stepped up our training recently and hopefully this will stand to us," said Reihill.
Meanwhile, the Paul McGirr Cup final could provide a tantalising shoot-out between Clan Eireann marksman Aodhan McConville and Rossa goal-scoring sensation Dominic McEnhill.
Both players have been hugely impressive and should either or both be plied with possession, then quality scores could ensue.
Clann Eireann manager Mairtin McConville is well aware of the task facing his side.
"'The boys are looking forward to this final. We are under no illusions about the task ahead," maintained McConville.
O'Donovan Rossa, under the management of Dominic McEnhill snr, Hugh McGettigan, Déaglán Ó Murchú and Niall Crossan, hope to round off what has been a terrific season.
Dominic McEnhill said: "After our semi-final win over Dromore we have worked even harder. Our boys are up for the task."