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Duffy now targets quick return to Croke Park

 

Caolan Duffy
Caolan Duffy
John Campbell

By John Campbell

A Fermanagh hurler is in line to play in two codes at Croke Park within two months.

Caolan Duffy was in the St Michael's College, Enniskillen team that won the Hogan Cup and now he is eyeing a return to Headquarters with the Fermanagh hurling team.

Should they beat Lancashire in the Lory Meagher Cup at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (1pm) today, Fermanagh will book a place in the decider at Croke Park.

A compact four-team group makes this is a short, sharp competition and with a win over Cavan already under their belts, the Erne side know that victory today would put them within touching distance of the trophy.

Duffy's father, Sean, is team manager and sounds a warning to his players ahead of their meeting with Lancashire.

"Lancashire have already beaten Leitrim and will fancy their chances against us but we will be ready for them," says Duffy senior.

"We would love an opportunity to play at Croke Park. We have a team with a lot of youthful talent and I think it would help their careers if we were to reach the final."

Cavan, who lost to Fermanagh last weekend, are hoping to gain some comfort from their trip to Carrick-on-Shannon where they will meet Leitrim today (3pm).

The three Carney brothers wield a big influence in the Cavan side, with Diarmuid a competent finisher.

Leitrim manager Martin Cunniffe has made it known that he was less than impressed with some aspects of his team's loss to Lancashire but is nonetheless anxious to see the side thrive today.

"I was unhappy about the fact that no official linesmen or umpires were used in that game but we have to move on from there," states Cunniffe.

"If we could get a win this afternoon over Cavan that would be very helpful in the circumstances."

Meanwhile, the Joe McDonagh Cup, Christy Ring Cup and Nicky Rackard Cup will really come to the boil next Saturday.

Antrim face Offaly in a must-win Joe McDonagh Cup tie in Tullamore while Donegal will host Down in the Christy Ring Cup with Derry taking on Wicklow in the same competition.

In the Nicky Rackard Cup, Monaghan will play Warwickshire while Louth will take on Armagh.

Armagh have already beaten Monaghan and drawn with Warwickshire but they will need to overcome Louth if they are to cement their chances of reaching the final stage of the completion.

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