Antrim Football Championship: Stateside six miss out for St Gall's
All Ireland club champions St Gall’s will be missing almost half of the side that took them to glory at Croke Park earlier this year when they confront Moneyglass in the opening round of the Antrim football championship at the St Teresa’s ground at Glen Road tonight (7pm).
No fewer than six players — Sean Burke, C J McGourty, Kevin Niblock, Sean McAreavey, Kevin McGourty and Chris O’Connor — are in the United States while goalkeeper Ronan Gallagher and full-back Andrew McLean are injured.
In addition to that, manager Lenny Harbinson must also plan without Karl Stewart and Mark Kelly who are on holidays.
It is likely that Michael Pollock who has joined the club from Gort na mona will make his championship debut while Harbinson may also avail of the experience of Sean Burns and Darren O’Hare.
On Sunday St John’s will be hoping to chalk up a win over Ahoghill while St Brigid’s face Portglenon. All Saints will strive for further credibility when they meet Tir na nOg while Cargin will be favourites to beat Creggan.
Also on Sunday the Fermanagh football championship will step up a gear when Newtownbutler face Devenish while St Patrick’s may prove too strong for St Joseph’s and Enniskillen Gaels may have the edge over Erne Gaels. Tomorrow night, bolstered by the Sherry brothers, James and Pater and with Seamus Quigley in hot form up front, Roslea should get the better of Teemore in Lisnaskea.
Barry Owens is back in the Teemore side, but even his experience and leadership may not prevent his side from falling.
In the Derry senior football championship qualifiers, Glen will confront Newbridge at Bellaghy tonight. Glen have some exciting young players and might prevail here while 1993 All Ireland hero Damien Barton will take his Slaughtneil side to Swatragh tomorrow to face Banagher in the qualifiers knowing that victory would keep him very much in the frame for the vacant county manager’s job.