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Shamrocks are relishing St Eunan's showdown

By John Campbell

Roslea Shamrocks captain James Sherry is hoping that lightning does not strike twice in the Ulster club football championship.

Last year, Roslea lost out to Donegal champions Glenswilly in the semi-final of the competition after they had beaten Cavan representatives Ballinagh in the first round and now they will again confront Donegal opponents this year in the form of St Eunan's on Sunday.

Dublin-based physiotherapist Sherry has logged up thousands of miles to turn out for his club and Fermanagh for well over a decade now and although delighted to have scooped four county championship medals in the last five years, he is conscious that the Shamrocks have still to make a meaningful impact in the hugely competitive Ulster club series.

Sherry's current form is such that Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath cannot mask his disappointment that the player decided towards the end of last year to bring the curtain down on his inter-county career.

"James is playing as well as ever at club level and they are reaping the benefits of this," maintains McGrath.

Mark Harte, the former Tyrone player, is now in charge of Roslea along with Adrian O'Donnell and while his side have had to exercise patience as they awaited the completion of the Donegal championship, he does not believe that they will suffer any ill-effects from a recent spell of inactivity.

"Since winning the county championship we have also gone on to win the league title and that not only got us another trophy but also provided us with a very competitive fixture," asserts Harte, who is a son of Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. "Since St Eunan's were confirmed as Donegal champions last Sunday our lads have been raring to go."

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