Burren eager to honour late Murphy with Ulster title
When Burren take the field in tomorrow's Ulster Club Minor football final against Derry outfit Kilrea, they will do so buttressed by a steely determination to honour the memory of club stalwart Danny Murphy, who died earlier this month.
Murphy, who rendered outstanding service to Burren in the past before going on to become Ulster Council secretary and CEO, had always retained close links with the homely club a couple of miles from Warrenpoint and indeed had been feted there at a special ceremony shortly before his death.
The Burren side that will be on duty tomorrow at the St Paul's complex in Belfast includes many second generation relatives of club members with whom Murphy played and worked with in years gone by.
Burren go into the game boosted by an emphatic 5-15 to 2-4 semi-final win over Enniskillen Gaels but conscious that Kilrea have racked up some impressive scores en route to the decider.
Kilrea were given a scare in their semi-final, though, when they only just managed to scrape past Carrickmore by 1-11 to 2-7.
Nonetheless, in Paddy Quigg and Liam Kielt they boast two outstanding finishers, the former in particular having shown inspirational form to date.
Burren will look to players like Conor McCartan, Declan Murdock, Ronan Fegan, Liam Kerr and Aaron Laverty to give a lead.
McCartan and Murdock each scored a brace of goals in the 20-point win over Enniskillen and if they reproduce that blistering form tomorrow, the Kilrea defence could come under sustained pressure.
Minor Club tournament spokesman Billy McLarnon believes the match will bring down the curtain on the competition in style.
"I don't think we could have asked for a better final pairing than this," said McLarnon. "These two teams have been producing sparkling form to date.".