Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

International Rules ace McKeever plans to finish on high note

Ciaran McKeever did not quite bargain for the exciting climax to the 2008 season which he is currently enjoying.

The Armagh defender thought that his last acquaintance with serious action had come and gone when the orchard county surprisingly lost to Wexford in the All Ireland quarter-final back in August at Croke Park when monsoon conditions prevailed.

But today Ciaran finds himself very much in the spotlight on not one but two fronts.

He has just returned from Australia where he was one of Ireland’s outstanding players in their International Rules triumph and on Sunday he will line out with his club St Patrick’s (Cullyhanna) in the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final against Greenlough.

It’s a challenge to which the fiercely committed McKeever, a construction industry worker, is eagerly looking forward.

While St Patrick’s were creating a big impression in the Armagh championship, Greenlough were making waves in Derry where they proved something of a surprise packet.

In the other Intermediate quarter-final on Sunday, Trillick will seek to replicate the Tyrone championship final form they showed against Moy when they meet Monaghan champions Ballybay at Healy Park, Omagh (2.30).

Now the club hope to carry the Red Hand county flag in style through the Ulster series but face a stiff test against a Ballybay side laced with exciting young prospects.