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Burren youngsters in hot pursuit of under-age double

Burren are hot on the trail of their second significant triumph in under-age football within a matter of weeks.

Having already collected the Paul McGirr Memorial trophy (U16), the Down champions will flex their muscles again in the semi-final of the Ulster club minor tournament today.

But they face a stiff assignment against Cavan side Southern Gaels at the St Paul's complex in Belfast (1.30pm).

The Breffni side have already knocked out Tyrone title-holders Moortown and Armagh champions Crossmaglen Rangers.

While Burren are a skilful, fast-raiding side, Southern Gaels are a strong, physical team cushioned by finishing skills and a never-say-die spirit.

They proved this in their quarter-final replay against Crossmaglen when they produced a storming finish to book their semi-final place.

Burren will certainly match their opponents in terms of self-belief but manager Neil Coulter is treading cautiously as his side contains a number of particularly young players.

Corner back Paul Fegan celebrated his 15th birthday on Monday while several members of the team also played in last month's U16 triumph.

Nevertheless, Ryan Treanor, Stephen Fegan, Pearse Kelly, Conor Cox, Declan Murdock and Shay Murdock help to form the bedrock of a team that has acquired a level of cohesion which Southern Gaels could find difficult to counter.

The winners will meet favourites Watty Graham's, Glen in the New Year Year's Day final.

Belfast Telegraph