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Quigley's Shamrocks can upset odds and leave Glenswilly feeling blue

By Declan Bogue

If you are looking for something to grab the imagination in the semi-final pairings, then the wonder will all be in Omagh tomorrow.

Over in the Athletic Grounds, there will be plenty of familiar faces. Kilcoo were there in last year's final and Ballinderry are a hardy bunch of perennials.

While Roslea Shamrocks might be approaching something of a domination of the Fermanagh Championship with three New York Cups in the last four years, they only delivered their first win in the Ulster club against Cavan first-timers Ballinagh a fortnight ago.

After the game, Sean Quigley became slightly emotional as he explained that a Cavan team were due a beating from a Fermanagh team.

No doubt he had in mind that evening during the summer when he was provoked into a reaction by several Cavan players and member of the backroom staff, before being issued with a red card after the break while on county duty.

And while Roslea have been in an Ulster club final before – in 1982 when their now-manager Peter McGinnity was in his playing prime – winning here would represent a breakthrough.

Glenswilly could become only the fourth Donegal team to reach an Ulster club final.

In the early years of the competition it featured prominently a St Joseph's amalgamation of Ballyshannon and Bundoran; who won a title in 1975.

Since then, only Killybegs (1991) and Naomh Conaill (2010) have featured in the final.

This game has inevitably drawn thoughts of one marquee forward on either team. For Glenswilly, Michael Murphy has been delivering spectacularly all year. He was captain of Ireland in the International Rules and he also was captain of his county in 2012 when they won Sam Maguire.

It could be said that his incredible skills have been rewarded by commensurate honours.

On the other side is Roslea's Seamus Quigley.

For those that have not seen him close up, this is a brilliant opportunity as the structure of Roslea's play is designed to extract the very most out of his talent.

With ball in hand, there are few in Ireland as good or as accurate.

From the ground, you can realistically expect any free conceded within 55 yards to be converted into a score. He has one of the sweetest strikes of a football in the game.

While Murphy has enjoyed a fabulous county career, Quigley's relationship with Fermanagh has never lasted a full season. He has been drafted into panels just before Championship, or else cut from the panel on a couple of occasions.

During the week he commented on Pete McGrath's appointment to the county manager's job.

"It's pretty much like this, if Pete wants me on board for 2014 then I would be more than happy to come back on board," Quigley said.

"He is a great man with a record that is second to none, he deserves huge respect and I would love to get back playing for Fermanagh once again."

Whether that can happen depends on many things, but around Roslea and Fermanagh he is seen as a cult figure.

Should he deliver another outrageous display such as that which sunk Ballinagh, the legend will grow a little bigger as Roslea stand a good chance of upsetting the ridiculous odds on offer.

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