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Top gun: James McAuley can play an influential role for St Enda’s
Top gun: James McAuley can play an influential role for St Enda’s
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Patience is a virtue and St Enda's, Glengormley have had to show this particular quality in spades as they awaited their return to the Antrim Senior Football Championship.

Having reached the All-Ireland Club Intermediate final in which they were beaten by Kerry and Munster champions Kilcummin (5-13 to 2-9) back in February, St Enda's have targeted the senior Championship debut as a red-letter day and that's precisely what they aim to savour when they meet St Mary's, Aghagallon at Glenavy tonight (7pm).

St Enda's surge to provincial glory at intermediate level was one of the heart-warming feats of last year but now the club, which lists Antrim county board chairman Ciaran McCavana among its driving forces, is strongly focused on making an impact at senior level.

They actually met St Mary's in a league game last week which they won by seven points, but it may well be a rather different story tonight.

St Enda's will look to Peter Healy, James McAuley and Joe Maskey for inspiration while St Mary's will lean on Pat Brannigan, Eunan Walsh and Oisin Linehan to fire up their challenge.

In the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship, O'Donovan Rossa and Cuchullains Dunloy will clash at Pairc Rossa today (2pm).

The Cuchullains have been one of the major forces in club hurling of late and they can look to a battery of Antrim county players including Nigel Elliott, Keelan Molloy and Paul Shields in their bid to make progress.

O'Donovan Rossa may not quite boast the pedigree of their opponents but nevertheless in dual ace Stephen Beatty and the talented Michael Armstrong they have players capable of inspiring their team.

The Armagh Senior Football Championship is moving into top gear and no fewer than four games are down for decision this evening.

Crossmaglen Rangers can call upon the many-sided talents of Rian O'Neill for their away trip to Clann Eireann in Lurgan (7pm), while Armagh Harps face a tricky trip to Granemore (7pm).

Madden have been making progress lately but Aidan Forker can provide the stimulus for Maghery when they are their visitors (5pm), while Jarlath Og Burns, currently in the running for an Ulster All-Star award, can fire up Silverbridge when they take on Lurgan side St Peter's at the latter venue (5pm).

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