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Bradley puts faith in dynamic duo

 

By John Campbell

Newbridge manager Paddy Bradley knows a thing or two about compiling impressive individual score totals having been Derry's top scorer for the best part of a decade, but tomorrow he will look to Eamon Burke and Kevin Sweeney to hit the jackpot when his team confront Moy in the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final.

The duo were very much on song when Newbridge overcame Belcoo by 3-16 to 1-9 at the quarter-final stage, although they may find themselves policed rather more carefully by a Moy defence in which Thomas McNicholl is the anchor at full-back.

The imposing presence of the Cavanagh brothers, Sean and Colm, lends authority and composure to the Tyrone title holders yet the manner in which Newbridge have already left Shercock and Belcoo wallowing in their slipstream along the Ulster trail suggests their dominance may not quite be replicated at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh tomorrow (12.45pm).

In the other intermediate semi-final, Down champions Rostrevor, powered by Caolan Mooney, will face Donegal representatives Milford in what should be a closely-contested tie also at the Athletic Grounds (2.30pm). While Mooney is a driving force within the side, Conor Feagan, Piaras Kane and Shaun Parr can pot scores.

In the Ulster Club Minor Hurling semi-finals, Dunloy will meet Kevin Lynch's (Dungiven) at Ballinascreen today (2.00pm) while tomorrow Carrickmore (Tyrone) will take on Ballycran (Down), also at Ballinascreen (1.00pm).

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