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Loughinisland skipper Dan Gordon is our captain marvel, says Jerome Johnston

By John Campbell

Loughinisland skipper Dan Gordon has received the perfect boost in advance of Sunday's Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship final against Bundoran at Owenbeg, Dungiven (2.30pm).

Gordon has taken delivery of the East Down Player of the Year award, fitting recognition of his contribution at the heart of the Loughinisland defence as the county intermediate title was captured before the stirring journey into the provincial final.

Former Down ace Gordon is providing the kind of leadership that Loughinisland manager Jerome Johnston describes as "simply inspirational".

"He has been leading from the front, a simply inspirational presence," stated Johnston.

Gordon lends invaluable experience to a Loughinisland defence that has offered solid resistance to date, although on Sunday they will face a significant threat from robust Bundoran full-forward Christy Keaney, who scored 1-5 in the semi-final win over Glenavy.

Loughinisland boss Johnston was forced to miss out on the chance to see his sons Jerome and Ryan in action for Kilcoo against Crossmaglen because of his commitments with his own club.

"I would like to have seen my own club Kilcoo play but you can't be in two places at one and the same time," smiles Johnston.

"I was disappointed that Kilcoo lost and now I hope that Loughinisland can carry the flag in style for Down on Sunday.

"Bundoran certainly showed against Glenavy that they are a decent side and they will travel to Owenbeg on Sunday with their confidence high."

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