Freeman poses threat to Glenn glory run
Glenn manager Tony Bagnall is hopeful that his side can provide a boost for Down football by reaching the Ulster Club Intermediate Championship decider when they meet Magheracloone in the semi-final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh tomorrow (1.00).
The Mourne county outfit certainly made people sit up and take notice when they beat Kinawley at the quarter-final stage but Bagnall believes that Magheracloone, with ex-Monaghan star Tommy Freeman on board, will pose a bigger challenge for his side.
"We know we have to step up further to the mark in this one," insists Bagnall. "Magheracloone will have been boosted by their win over Foreglen and this will send them into (tomorrow's) game in good heart."
Patrick Brooks, Tiernan O'Brien and Jack McCartan can help to put scores on the board for Glenn while Declan Murtagh and Aaron Kennedy are capable of shoring up their defence.
In the other semi-final, Tyrone side Galbally will take on Donegal title-holders St Naul's at Celtic Park, Derry (2.30) keen to build on the wins they have racked up against Grange and Laragh United.
Galbally include several players who have won honours at under-age level with Tyrone and manager John Moylan is convinced that his blend of youth and experience can come good again.
"We have a good balance in the side, but St Naul's showed in beating Aldergrove that they are to be treated with the utmost respect," states Moylan.
In the Ulster Junior Club decider Monaghan side Blackhill will meet Donegal outfit Buncrana at Healy Park, Omagh tonight (5.00).
Philip Donnolly, Ciaran Courtney and Tommy Geehhan are key forwards in the Blackhill line-up while Buncrana can look to full-forward John Campbell and centre-half-forward Darrach O'Connor for inspiration.