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St Enda's title can give Antrim a major boost, says Eastwood



Frank Fitzsimons, Antrim manager

Frank Fitzsimons, Antrim manager

Frank Fitzsimons, Antrim manager

Odhran Eastwood has just achieved the first element of a double-pronged ambition and hopes that Saturday will see him deliver his second goal.

The dynamic young forward is keen to complement his call-up to the Antrim senior squad by helping St Enda's, Glengormley overcome Cavan champions Mullahoran in the Ulster club intermediate football championship final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh (5pm).

Eastwood's elevation to the Saffrons panel may have come as something of a surprise to him, but nonetheless he now views it as a further incentive to help drive St Enda's to provincial success.

The all-action Eastwood, who has already distinguished himself at under-age level, is one of several key players within the Glengormley side that manager Frank Fitzsimons will lean on to spark a cohesive performance against a Mullahoran side that have already been labelled favourites for the title.

But Eastwood's spirit, energy and commitment typify the qualities within a St Enda's side that is assured of huge backing from within Antrim in their quest for glory.

"For us to be in this Ulster final is absolutely unbelievable," maintains Eastwood. "We have got here by the manner in which we dug in against a very good Tattyreagh side in our semi-final and now we want to push on from there.

"Our sights are very much on the Ulster title. Our club is growing and we want to be successful and the best way to do that is by capturing trophies."

St Enda's feat in winning the Antrim intermediate title won the side generous plaudits but Eastwood feels that annexing the Ulster crown would provide the club with an unprecedented boost.

"We want to be up among the best sides and we feel we can get there," insists Eastwood. "There are boys in this team who have come through strongly and it's great to see that while others are relatively new. But there is tremendous camaraderie within the side, we are all in it together for the good of St Enda's."

They may have had their championship disappointments in the past but, according to Eastwood, St Enda's have put those behind them.

"The joy which our semi-final win over Tattyreagh brought to our players, management and supporters was there for all to see at the Athletic Grounds, but now it is vital that we take things to the next level," he insists.

Belfast Telegraph