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Maskey geared up to fulfil yet another tall order for St Enda's


Lead role: Joe Maskey can prove a major force
Lead role: Joe Maskey can prove a major force
John Campbell

By John Campbell

When St Enda's found themselves under the cosh during the second-half of the recent Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship final against Cavan champions Mullahoran, it was perhaps appropriate that their inspiration should have been provided by the tallest player in their side.

To say that 6'5" Joe Maskey stood up to the mark might be something of an understatement. Just when Mullahoran were about to slip into an easy rhythm, Maskey popped up out of nowhere to fire in his team's second goal and from then on exerted a vice-like grip at midfield to help claim the provincial title.

Memories of that spectacular occasion in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh are still vivid within the St Enda's club but are not being allowed to colour aspirations ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland Club semi-final against Galway and Connacht champions Spiddal in Navan (2.00pm).

"This is going to be a whole new ball game," insists Maskey.

"When we won the Antrim title we could scarcely believe it and an Ulster title was even harder to take in. But we know that we are taking a big step up."

Maskey's contribution to the club's fairytale progress has been immense but he is quick to highlight the contribution of a corps of other players.

Meanwhile, Donegal side Red Hughs will be setting their sights on a place in the Junior decider when they meet Sligo outfit Easkey in the semi-final at Ballinamore (2.00pm).

Johnny Carlin, Stephen McMenamin and Shane Gallagher can help spark the Red Hughs challenge as they go into the game boosted by their Ulster final win over Limavady Wolfhounds and All-Ireland quarter-final win over Scottish side Dunedin Connollys.

In the Sigerson Cup, the inclusion of seven Tyrone panelists should bolster Ulster University when they meet IT Tralee while Queen's will have home advantage at The Dub, Upper Malone when they take on Maynooth University.

The UU side, which is coached by Paul Rouse, also includes Derry county players Michael McAvoy, Terence O'Brien and Gareth McKinless as well as Donegal pair Ryan McHugh and Eoghan Ban Gallagher along with experienced Mayo player Pat Durcan.

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