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Big roles in store for Small siblings Conor and Kevin

By John Campbell

When Antrim stunned Fermanagh by winning 2-11 to 2-9 in the Ulster Minor Football Championship earlier this year, the Small brothers Conor and Kevin stood tall in their side's victory.

Conor, leading by splendid example as captain from centre-half-forward, scored eight points in a man of the match display that highlighted his talent.

Not to be outdone, Kevin netted the crucial second goal that thwarted Fermanagh's comeback bid.

The brothers will have key roles tomorrow, this time for Kickhams Creggan when they line out against Tyrone champions Eire Og in the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling final at Owenbeg.

It's a huge task for the Creggan outfit against an Eire Og side that has gone from strength to strength but the Smalls could play a big part in helping their team to capture the trophy.

The brothers were on target in the semi-final when the Antrim champions beat Donegal title-holders Burt by 2-20 to 1-15 but manager Thomas McCann is taking nothing for granted as his side face "a very big task".

Eire Og, from Carrickmore, showed marked consistency and a resolute attitude as they surged to the Tyrone crown by beating Dungannon side Eoghan Rua in the final and then thundering on to tomorrow's provincial decider.

McCann said: "They have obviously improved as the year has gone on and they will be difficult opponents. This is a very big task for us."

Kickhams Creggan have nurtured a group of young exciting players who now blend with the more experienced campaigners such as Martin Johnson within a side that is clearly anxious to capture silverware.

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