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Ernesiders hoping to sign off the year in style

By John Campbell

It has been a truly memorable year for Fermanagh football yet could there be an end-of-term bonus for a county that has virtually lived in the limelight since January?

It's Enniskillen Gaels who hope to bring the curtain down on a season that has delivered much for the Ernesiders as well as offering rich promise for 2016.

Tomorrow the Gaels will meet Donegal champions St Eunan's (Letterkenny) in the second-semi-final of the Ulster club minor football tournament at the St Paul's complex in Belfast - a match that has particular allure given the form of both protagonists.

The Gaels roared to league and championship in Fermanagh and in doing so sparked the belief that they could emerge as top dogs in the Ulster club showpiece event.

But St Eunan's were equally majestic in Donegal, romping to the championship title in fine style before overcoming Derry title-holders Slaughtneil in their opening game at the St Paul's event.

In doing so, they underlined that they have the provincial prize very much in their sights with players like Matthew Gallagher, Darragh McWatters, Darragh Toal, Rory Carr and Niall O'Donnell setting the tempo.

O'Donnell scored eight points in the fine 0-16 to 2-7 win over Slaughtneil and showed himself to be a livewire in attack..

The management team of John Reihill and Michael Dooris acknowledge that the side will need to show a step up on their display against St Enda's (Glengormley) in the quarter-final when they were forced to come recover from an 11-point interval deficit to win by 3-9 to 3-7.

"We made things hard for ourselves in that match and we certainly don't want to be chasing this game against St Eunan's," says Reihill.

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