Derry Senior Football Championship: Muldoon hungry for even more glory
Enda Muldoon has played in 10 Derry Senior Football Championship finals with Ballinderry since 1995, winning six of them.
In addition, he won Ulster and All-Ireland club honours in 2002 and has represented the Oak Leaf County side with distinction for 14 years — and is the only person currently playing club football in Derry who is in possession of an Ulster Championship medal which he won in 1998.
Yet despite the hard, demanding road he has travelled, the 33-year-old midfielder-cum-forward will be among the most committed and enthusiastic players when Ballinderry confront Dromore in the Ulster Club Championship quarter-final at Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday.
Over the past three years injuries have disrupted Muldoon’s involvement with his club and county but right now the tall, commanding playmaker is playing some of the best football of his career.
Ballinderry manager Michael McKinless has cause to be grateful for this just as he is pleased to note the important contributions which other veterans such as Conleith Gilligan, Kevin McGuckin, Raymond Wilkinson, Michael Conlan and Niall McCusker are making.
But it’s not just the old hands who are responsible for having taken Ballinderry into the last eight of the Ulster club series.
Youthful wing-backs Michael McIver, whose brother Paul is the Dromore manager, and Ryan Scott along with impressive centre-half-back Conor Nevin have been making their mark but, like their more seasoned colleagues, they are primed for a fiery challenge from an in-form Dromore side fresh from claiming their third Tyrone title in five years.
Just like Ballinderry, Dromore boast venerable campaigners still thirsting for more glory.
Ryan McMenamin, Colm McCullagh and Cathal McCarron come into this category while Sean O’Neill, Ronan McNabb and Niall Sludden, along with enterprising skipper Eoin McCusker, represent youthful vigour and towering ambition.
Manager Paul McIver has already forcibly thrown down the gauntlet to his Dromore outfit.
“Now that they have shown themselves to be the best in Tyrone, I want them to prove they are the best in Ulster,” he said.
Meanwhile, Armagh and Meath will meet in the final of the Fitzsimmons Cup at Pairc Tailteann, Navan tomorrow (7.00pm).
Armagh are likely to field an experimental team.