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All-action Barry Mulrone is determined to climb to the summit with Devenish

By John Campbell

As a key member of the Fermanagh side that roared into the All-Ireland football championship quarter-finals against all the odds, Barry Mulrone already possesses a treasure trove of memories.

But right now the 27-year-old utility player is focusing on yet another sporting challenge.

Mulrone, whose all-action style epitomised Fermanagh's feisty approach to their league and championship campaigns this year, is hoping that his Devenish club side can knock Roslea off their proud perch as county football champions.

Devenish will face Derrygonnelly in the first of Sunday's semi-finals with Roslea facing Erne Gaels, Belleek in the other in what is an alluring double bill at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

And Mulrone, who admits that he is enjoying the "massive boost" which has come Fermanagh's way now that Peter McGrath has been confirmed for another term in charge, believes the upsurge in the fortunes of the county team will serve to give the closing stages of the domestic championship a lift.

"You could hardly ask for a better double bill," enthused Mulrone. "There will be a number of county squad members in action, the matches will be keenly contested and given the level of interest in football right now there will be a huge crowd.

"And I think that now we have Peter McGrath on board for another term this provides a really massive boost for us all."

Derry and Ulster club champions Slaughtneil managed to overcome the challenge of O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt in last night's county championship replay by 0-16 to 1-13.

The Bradleys, Paul and Christopher, grabbed the lion's share of scores for the winners while Antoine McElhone's goal kept Rossa in contention right until the end.

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