Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Keenan and Kelly can help to raise the Tempo for Fermanagh

Ryan Keenan and Damien Kelly employed their contrasting talents to good effect when helping to pilot Fermanagh into the Ulster senior football championship final against Armagh in July - a contest that the orchard county won only after a replay.

This weekend, Keenan and Kelly will unite again in a bid to bring their club Tempo into the Fermanagh championship decider.

Keenan’s artistry up front and Kelly’s defensive resilience, in addition to that of the impressive Rory Foye, will be key elements in a Tempo team that face a stiff test against Derrygonnelly at Brewster Park, Enniskillen tomorrow (6pm)

Derrygonnelly, champions four years ago, can look to their county panellist Jonathan McGurn for inspiration as well as to the work-rate of their enthusiastic younger brigade.

Fermanagh PRO Deirdre Donnelly believes the championship is building up to a tremendous climax.

“We have four teams in there all of whom have appeared very focussed so far. I think two very close games are in the offing,” says Deirdre.

Tempo’s fast, open style of play coupled with their ability to get numbers back behind their ball makes them a difficult side to beat but they will have their work cut out to overcome Derrygonnelly.

In the other semi-final, Lisnaskea will lean on the wizardry of Mark Little (pictured) in their attack when they meet St Patrick’s at Brewster Park on Sunday (3.30pm).

Little had a central role in Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke’s strategy that saw his side gain promotion in the National League before reaching the Ulster decider.

His ball-control, pace and vision are such that he is certain to pose problems for a St Patrick’s side that merges power and pace.

They have former Fermanagh skipper Shane McDermott as a pivotal figure while Patrick Cadden and Eamon Maguire are key players up front.

Their recent record, too, suggests that they could reach the final.

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