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McConville and McDonnell set to embark on new challenges

 

Oisin McConville
Oisin McConville
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Two of the stellar forwards who made important contributions to Armagh's 2002 All-Ireland title triumph are about to embark on new managerial roles.

Oisin McConville will take over the reins at Monaghan club Inniskeen, while Steven McDonnell is the new man at the helm of Tyrone outfit Clonoe.

McConville, the much-decorated Crossmaglen Rangers player, scored the only goal of the game in Armagh's 1-12 to 0-14 victory over Kerry in that final 17 years ago and is currently serving as the Director of Football at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

For the past year he has been involved with Meath club side Seneschalstown along with Joe Cowley, but it is understood his interest in the Inniskeen role was initially triggered by the fact that several players from the club are students at Dundalk IT.

McConville becomes the second member of the 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winning side to throw in his lot with a Monaghan club as his ex-Crossmaglen colleague John McEntee currently manages Clontibret, whom he steered to the county title this year before they exited the Ulster Club Championship to Naomh Conaill.

McDonnell, managing director of construction recruitment company Site Crew, formerly managed the Armagh Under-21 side before taking charge of the Killeavy club which he served for 18 years as a player.

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