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Conroy's return can help St Pat's exact revenge and reach decider

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

When Omagh CBS swept to an 11-point win over St Patrick's, Armagh in the McCormack Cup final last month, they laid down a marker that they were more than capable of making it a trophy double by capturing the more coveted MacRory Cup.

Today at the Dunmoyle headquarters of Errigal Ciaran, the teams will meet again in the semi-final of the latter competition but on this occasion the Armagh seat of learning have Michael Conroy in their line-up.

The inclusion of Conroy will boost the side but Omagh CBS will still be favourites to reach the final.

In Mark Hayes, Cormac McBride, Sean Donaghy and Lorcan McBride, they have key players.

In the other semi-final, St Patrick's, Maghera will take on St Michael's, Enniskillen at Loughmacrory (12pm) where a closely contested tie is envisaged.

Alec Doherty, Conleth McGuckin, Daithi McLaughlin and Conleth McShane are key players in the Maghera side.

Brandon Horan, Ronan McHugh, Joe McDade and Darragh McBrien are all important players in the St Michael's side.

Meanwhile, the GAA Annual Congress takes place this weekend where Donegal's motion to the effect that no county should be entitled to nominate Croke Park as their home venue for the All-Ireland qualifiers could stimulate lively debate.

What the motion in essence is urging is that Dublin should not be automatically entitled to two games at Croke Park under the present criteria for the All-Ireland qualifiers.

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