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Old hands set to play a big part in helping St Gall's reach final goal


John Campbell

By John Campbell

St Gall's hope to show Antrim hurling in the best possible light when they confront Galway and Connacht champions Oranmore-Maree in tomorrow's All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final in Parnell Park (2.00pm).

It's a major task for the west Belfast side, who claimed the Ulster crown by overcoming Keady in the decider, and now they must square up to a team that has looked impressive to date.

But St Gall's manager Michael Culbert remains confident that his players can rise to the challenge.

"We have a number of experienced players in our side and they can maybe set the tone for our performance," says Culbert.

Certainly in Conor Burke, Karl Stewart, CJ McGourty, Kieran McGourty and Joe McDaniel, St Gall's have players well able to fire up the side as a whole.

Oranmore-Maree boast a battery of exciting young players and have shown in winning their Galway and Connacht titles that they are capable of making even more progress.

For their part, St Gall's are particularly keen to do themselves justice and perhaps follow in the footsteps of their football counterparts who won the All-Ireland title nine years ago.

Meanwhile, Ulster Junior champions Castleblayney face a stiff test against Leitrim side Carrick in their All-Ireland Club semi-final at Mullingar (2.00pm).

Castleblayney chalked up some fine performances in winning the Ulster title and in Fergal Raffter they have a superb marksman who has been racking up big scores of late.

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