New Fermanagh manager John O’Neill hopes to see his selection options enhanced when he takes in tonight’s Ulster Club Intermediate Championship final at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan (7.00pm).
Lisnaskea, who overcame Rasharkin 2-11 to 0-9 in the semi-final, will confront Monaghan champions Doohamlet not only anxious to add the provincial trophy to their Fermanagh prize but determined to see their representation in the county squad increased for 2011.
And in this respect Mark Little, who helped Fermanagh reach the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-finals in 2004, can set a lead for his colleagues.
The impish forward has been conspicuous by his absence from the county team recently while Malachy O’Rourke has been in charge but of late he has been an inspirational force in a Lisnaskea side that looked particularly impressive in reaching tonight’s final.
Little landed three points against Rasharkin and his mazy running and sure touch can discomfit the Doohamlet defence although the manner in which the Farney side walloped Tyrone champions Derrylaughan by 2-12 to 1-05 in their semi-final suggests that they will pose a stiff challenge.
Erne boss O’Neill meanwhile is keeping the door ajar for players to make an entrance and points to the fact that Lisnaskea may now well find themselves still involved in championship football in the early part of 2011. Whoever wins tonight’s game will meet the Leinster champions in the All Ireland Intermediate semi-final on January 30.
“If Lisnaskea win, and obviously we are all hoping that this is the case, then they will be involved in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club series and this would mean that their players would still be tied up with them,” says O’Neill.
In tomorrow’s Ulster Club Junior Championship final Monaghan champions Corduff, where ex-county boss Seamus McEnaney is a dynamic force, will meet Cavan title-holders Swanlinbar at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones (12.15pm) in the curtain-raiser to the Crossmaglen v Naomh Conaill senior club decider.