Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

O’Rourke urges Fermanagh to stay the course

Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke has urged a greater level of commitment from his players as they embark on a potentially tricky campaign in Division Three of the National Football League.

O’Rourke was less than impressed with the manner in which his side fell away in both the league and championship last year, their downturn all the more frustrating because of the progress that had been achieved in 2008 when they gained promotion in the league and reached the Ulster final.

“We want to try and get our levels of intensity and skill up to what they were in 2008 if possible,” insists Enniskillen schoolteacher O’Rourke.

“Although we have some established players still out of the equation, I still feel we have sufficient talent to make an impact in the league and to be ready for a decent championship run.”

The Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup has already offered O’Rourke a ration of encouragement for Sunday’s league opener against Offaly at Tullamore.

Barry Mulrone has settled in comfortably at centre-half-back, Ryan Jones is making a considerable impact at midfield, Martin O’Brien has matured as a defender and Aidan McCarron is beginning to settle in following his transfer from Tyrone.

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