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Corrigan keen to show that Maguiresbridge are on the rise

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Ciaran Corrigan's consistency in Fermanagh's colours earlier in the year is one of the reasons why the Erne side made a bold bid for promotion to Division One of the Allianz League before the loss of their last two games meant another season in Division Two was inevitable.

But, nonetheless, Corrigan's form not only repaid the faith that then manager Rory Gallagher showed in him but provided the inspiration for other young guns to step up their quest for inter-county recognition.

Indeed, when Corrigan took delivery of a Quinn's Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association monthly merit award earlier this year, he rapped out a defiant message in relation to Fermanagh's future.

And that's precisely what the talented 23-year-old utility player hopes to do when he lines out for Maguiresbridge against Monaghan representatives Blackhill in the Ulster Junior Club Championship at Inniskeen on Sunday (2.30pm).

The environment will be somewhat removed from the colour and atmosphere of inter-county Championship fare, but for the fiercely-committed Corrigan it's a match to which he is looking forward with unbridled interest.

"We were in two or three intermediate finals in the last number of years, and we were relegated to junior status last year, but now that we have won the Fermanagh Championship, this brings us back to intermediate standard," pointed out Corrigan.

"But here we are getting a chance to show what we can do on the Ulster stage and we want to make the most of it. We are a decent mix of youth and experience with a couple of lads from the St Michael's College, Enniskillen side that won the MacRory and Hogan Cups this year."

Blackhill have come to the fore of late in Monaghan and Corrigan is expecting a tough battle.

"Obviously we would like to win and move on but we'll take things one step at a time. This is true Championship knockout football and you have to be up for it," added Corrigan.

"We as players are certainly looking forward to it. When you get the chance to play in a provincial Championship you want to make the most of it, and obviously we would really like to do our club proud if we can."

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