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McCormack hoping to be main man in minor battle

By John Campbell

Published 14/05/2016

Talented young wing-back Patrick McCormack lines out with Antrim against Fermanagh at Brewster Park. (stock photo)
Talented young wing-back Patrick McCormack lines out with Antrim against Fermanagh at Brewster Park. (stock photo)

Moneyglass may be a small rural community but it has acquired an enviable reputation for producing sporting superstars.

Rugby icon Willie John McBride and legendary jockey A P McCoy hail from there and their respective achievements have set the barometer for emerging talent from the area.

Patrick McCormack is still a relative unknown but his prowess in gaelic football has already earned him an Ulster Colleges' MacRory Cup medal with St Patrick's College, Maghera this year as well as opened the door to the possibility of a provincial minor championship honour.

That will be very much on the mind of this talented wing-back when he lines out with Antrim against Fermanagh at Brewster Park, Enniskillen, in a minor curtain-raiser that could prove the precursor to an exciting championship overall.

McCormack will launch himself into action with a glowing endorsement from manager Hugh McGettigan.

"Patrick is a very accomplished player who can link the defence and the attack," explains McGettigan.

"He has already shown what he is capable of at colleges level and I have no doubt that he can now transfer his skills on to the Ulster minor stage."

McGettigan adds that Fermanagh's physicality, cohesion and opportunism provides much food for thought. He said: "They have players like Tiarnan Bogue, Lorcan McStravick and Shane McGullion in there and they are capable of inspiring the side."

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