One step at a time for Down boss Monan
Down manager Gerard Monan is not allowing the debate surrounding the staging of the 2013 Ulster hurling final between his side and Antrim next Sunday to deflect his attention from tomorrow's Kehoe Cup clash with Fingal.
It's at the Naomh Barrog club complex in Dublin that Down will bid to take another step in the competition following their win over Queen's last weekend.
Monan, aware that the Ulster final is a 'hot topic', prefers to focus on the development of the young players within his side.
"We have our Division 2B league campaign coming up and it's important we expand our playing resources," said Monan.
Fingal romped to victory over Longford last Sunday and Monan believes that his team will need to get into their stride quickly.
"Our defence is reasonably solid but we won't be taking any chances," states the Down boss.
Victory would see Down facing either GMIT or Kildare in the semi-final next Sunday – the same date on which the Ulster final is due to be staged.
"We will have to cross that bridge when he come to it," says Monan diplomatically.
Derry will hope that Ruairi Convery can replicate his hot form of last Sunday when they meet Trinity in Dublin tomorrow.
He scored 1-8 of Derry's 3-12 total against DCU and will have a key role again as the team bid for a last four place in the Kehoe Cup.
In the Kehoe Shield Armagh will take on DCU and Queen's meet Longford.