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Mulholland hoping for injury respite

By John Campbell

Cathal Mulholland is hoping to come through the pain barrier in a bid to reach a significant milestone today.

The Watty Graham's, Glen player will be in search of a fourth successive Ulster club minor medal when his team take on surprise package Southern Gaels (Cavan) in the decider at the St Paul's complex in west Belfast (1.30pm).

Mulholland was troubled by a quad problem in the semi-final but lasted the pace and is keeping his fingers crossed that he will suffer no repercussions from the injury today.

With Joe Young, Shane Turner and Stephen Glass all available again, manager Fergal McCusker has selection options as he views what he feels is a "huge task" for his side despite their ongoing dominance of the competition.

"We know that Southern Gaels will form a big hurdle but winning is the only thing in the minds of my players," states McCusker.

"It's good to have our injured players back for a match of this importance. What we have achieved in the past does not count for much today - it's a huge task for the boys."

Mulholland and Danny Tallon are key figures in a Watty Graham's attack that has been amassing some impressive totals to date. But Southern Gaels have certainly not been shedding their light under a bushel.

Manager Gabriel Keogan has pieced together a team that is rich in character, commitment and skill and these qualities were certainly very much in evidence in the semi-final defeat of fancied Burren in particular.

Ruadhan McDonnell, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Shane Moynagh and Thomas Galligan are key players in their line-up, although manager Keogan admits that he has injury worries following the team's rigorous campaign spanning recent weeks.

"I think what the team has achieved lately has been phenomenal but that's over and done with. Winning this final is all that matters now," insists Keogan.

St Paul's club spokesman Billy McLarnon believes that the final could prove to be one of the best for some years.

"I cannot think of two more committed or skilful sides. They are there very much on merit, it has to be said," declares McLarnon.

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