Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

McDermott up for big test in Fermanagh county final

Shane McDermott skippered the Fermanagh side that reached the All Ireland semi-finals in 2004 and is a whole-hearted competitor who can play in a variety of positions.

But tomorrow this stocky, versatile clubman will face one of the biggest challenges of his sporting career when he leads St Patrick’s against Derrygonnelly in the Fermanagh senior football championship final at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (3.30pm).

It’s perhaps just as well that Shane’s experience in Fermanagh’s colours has brought him into close acquaintance with pressure contests.

“We have never won the Fermanagh title although we have been showing up better lately but it would just be fantastic to win the title. We feel we have the right attitude and approach this year,” maintains engineer Shane.

Fermanagh PRO Deirdre Donnelly makes the point, with considerable justice, that the current championship has thrown up some hugely entertaining games.

“The standard of play has been high and no doubt our county boss Malachy O’Rourke will have noted some of the performances, says Deirdre.

Derrygonnelly’s work ethic and their ability to counter-attack at pace have stood them in good stead but if St Patrick’s manage to get the ball up to Maguire in particular, their prospects of coming out on top will be enhanced.

Derrygonnelly management duo Francie Ward and John McGovern have left nothing to chance in what has been an intense build-up to the contest.

Paul Greene and his brother Martin along with Paul Ward and Jonathan McGurn will underpin the Derygonnelly side.

When the club won the title four years ago, it ended a nine-year break from their first crown.

But they have the bit between their teeth at the moment and will take a lot of stopping tomorrow.

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