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McGrath relishes Mourne objective

By Declan Bogue

Published 09/01/2016

In charge: Peter McGrath is out to build on opening victory
In charge: Peter McGrath is out to build on opening victory

Peter McGrath is delighted that his return to Pairc Esler is taking place among the calmer waters of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, rather than the high stakes of the National League or the Championship.

He explained: "It's not a high-pressure situation. If it was a National League game or Championship match, you would be feeling a bit, not uneasy, but something like that. I am looking forward to the experience of it."

He brings his Fermanagh side to face Down in Newry tomorrow where he will be in direct opposition to his former midfielder, Eamonn Burns, who was such a strong presence in the 1991 and 1994 All-Ireland winning teams.

The two remain friends from their time together. McGrath said: "He won two All-Ireland medals with me as manager, so we have a certain affinity. And I know all the players, so I am looking forward to the game."

Burns will be hoping to bounce back from defeat to Donegal last weekend, while McGrath already has two points in the bag from a win over St Mary's, played at a windswept Garvaghey.

"It was very important that we got a win on Wednesday night," said McGrath. "There was great co-ordination, great movement."

McGrath will also seek to get through to the semi-finals, knowing the worth of an extra game ahead of the National League opener against Derry on January 31.

Assessing the Dr McKenna Cup campaign, he said: "You are looking for a three-pronged benefit. You are looking at new faces, getting good team performances in and winning.

"On Wednesday, we got those three. If we got those three on Sunday, I will be happy enough."

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