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County heroes Cavanagh and Bradley ready for club clash in Ulster semis

 

By John Campbell

Two men whose paths often crossed during their respective playing careers are gearing up for an intriguing showdown in the forthcoming Ulster club football intermediate championship semi-finals.

Paddy Bradley represented Derry from 1999 until 2012 landing two National League honours and one All Star during that term while Sean Cavanagh proved an anchor in the Tyrone side from 2002 until August past landing three All-Ireland medals, six Ulster championship gongs, two National League honours and five All Stars.

Little wonder then that the confrontation between the Newbridge side which Bradley currently manages and the Moy outfit which Cavanagh has served almost since he was able to walk has captured the public imagination to an unprecedented extent.

With Newbridge having already beaten Cavan champions Shercock and Fermanagh kingpins Belcoo, there is a decided spring in their step as they prepare to take on Cavanagh's team who ended the title aspirations of Monaghan champions Carrickmacross.

In what is his first year in charge of Newbridge, Bradley has elicited a series of consistent displays from his side that augur well for their chances of reaching the final but they are taking nothing for granted in advance of meeting Cavanagh's reinvigorated side.

Cavanagh along with his brother Colm helps to form the central spine of the side while full-back Thomas McNicholl is another key player.

McNicholl underpins a defence that yielded little in a low-scoring game against Carrickmacross.

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