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O’Mullan scoops top award

By John Campbell

Loughgiel Shamrocks boss PJ O’Mullan has been named as the Philips Sports Manager of the Month for March.

As manager of the Antrim hurling side, O’Mullan brought his 5/2 outsiders to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day and defeated Offaly champions Coolderry by a comfortable margin to claim the Tommy Moore Cup as All-Ireland Club Hurling Champions.

Coming from a county not well known for its hurling pedigree, the spectacular victory — Loughgiel’s first since 1983 — was not only huge for the club but is expected to have a beneficial effect on the wider Ulster community for the code.

Meanwhile, Cavan have moved quickly to fill the managerial vacancy left following the resignation of Val Andrews.

Terry Hyland, who had acted as No 2 to Andrews up until last year, and former player Anthony Forde have been given a four-year term in charge and their first task will be to prepare the team for the Ulster Championship opener against Donegal on May 20.

Hyland has steered Cavan to back-to-back Ulster Under 21 titles and will be in charge when the team takes on Roscommon in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final.

He has a formidable track record as a coach and although he was initially unwilling to throw his hat into the ring for the senior squad, it is believed he was persuaded to do so by leading officials.

Anthony Forde has given outstanding service to Cavan as a player and more recently has been part of the Cavan Gaels club management set-up.

He played a part in helping the side recapture the county title last year.

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