Peter McGinnity targets club wins in two counties
Former Fermanagh and Ulster player Peter McGinnity is hoping to enjoy a double helping of club championship comfort this week-end.
McGinnity, now manager of Roslea, will oversee the team’s Fermanagh Football Championship semi-final against Enniskillen Gaels at Brewster Park tomorrow (3.30pm) and he will also take more than a passing interest in the outcome of the St John’s v St Gall’s last four clash in the Antrim Championship.
McGinnity played for St John’s while a student teacher at St Mary’s University College in west Belfast before going on to become one of the best midfielders ever produced by Ulster.
While Roslea are favourites to overcome Enniskillen, chiefly because of the prodigious scoring feats of Seamus Quigley this term, St John’s face a severe test against Antrim, Ulster and All Ireland Club champions St Gall’s.
McGinnity, keen to see Roslea ascend the Fermanagh throne after some years in the wilderness, has been doing magnificent work at under-age level in recent years with many players in the Erne county having taken their first steps in the game under his tutelage.
He will take time tonight too to put the St Patrick’s and Devenish teams under the microscope when they meet in the first of the Fermanagh semi-finals at Brewster Park (8pm).
Michael ‘Tick’ O’Brien and Bart O’Brien, two former county players, have revitalised Devenish who some years ago were a potent force not just in Fermanagh but in the Ulster Club Championship arena.
Barry Mulrone, who made a big impression in the county colours this year, will bring authority to the Devenish rearguard while Chris O’Brien took a successful baptism with Fermanagh too this term, showing himself to be a quality finisher. And yet another O’Brien, Martin, is also a key player in the side.
St Patrick’s, from the Donagh area near Lisnaskea, landed the county crown a few years ago but have been unable to repeat that feat since.
The three candidates who are understood to be in the frame for the job of Fermanagh county team boss — John O’Neill, Darren Chapman and Sean Maguire — are all expected to attend the championship matches — just in case!