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Connor back to bolster Belnaleck title bid

 

By John Campbell

Kane Connor was devastated when he was forced to miss Belnaleck's recent Ulster club junior football championship quarter-final tie against Down champions Dundrum because of suspension.

But the Fermanagh county ace returned for the semi-final victory over Derry title-holders Doire Trasna and now he is hoping to deploy his experience to good effect in tonight's provincial decider against Donegal outfit Naomh Colmcille at Celtic Park, Derry.

Belnaleck have the chance to become the first Fermanagh side to land the junior crown and Connor is keen for them to seize the moment.

"This is a big chance for us but we know that we face a massive challenge," maintains the versatile forward.

Belnaleck may have been pushed to the limit in winning the county championship final against Coa and in overcoming Doire Trasna in their Ulster semi-final but manager Gerry Flanagan believes that these games have strengthened the bond within the side.

"This final is there to be won," he insists.

"We have been fortunate in that we have had a fairly settled team during our campaign."

Connor, along with the Cullen brothers Che and Lee, helps to bring maturity to the line-up while Ciaran McBrien is currently in fine form.

McBrien, along with Dermot Lewsley, forms a double-pronged strike force that can trouble the Naomh Colmcille defence.

Naomh Colmcille manager Ryan McKinley will look to Willie Gillespie and Daniel Clarke, scorer of what proved to be the winning point in last weekend's semi-final win over Tattyreagh, to inspire his side.

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