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Quigley boys are eager to inspire the Ernesiders to Ulster title dream


Fired up: Seamus Quigley is hoping to help Fermanagh land the Ulster crown for the first time
Fired up: Seamus Quigley is hoping to help Fermanagh land the Ulster crown for the first time
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Mention the name Quigley in a Fermanagh football context and invariably you will get the reply: "Are you talking about Sean or Seamus?"

The Roslea brothers have been part of the fabric of the Erne side for several years now and, while they are no strangers to controversy, just recently their paths have tended to take diverse courses.

Scarcely had Galway referee James Molloy thrown in the ball to start the Division Three final between Armagh and Fermanagh at Croke Park in late March than he had cause to issue a black card to Sean Quigley, thus bringing his participation in the contest to a premature halt.

Seamus, meanwhile, went on to prove a distinct thorn in Armagh's side by potting 10 points from frees that helped to sustain his team's challenge before the Orchard County eventually came out on top.

Fast forward to Fermanagh's Ulster Championship semi-final against Monaghan at Healy Park, Omagh earlier this month where spectators were stunned to note that the free-scoring Seamus was an absentee from Rory Gallagher's team line-up.

It subsequently emerged that there had been "an incident" the previous week which apparently required disciplinary action but, in the best Quigley tradition, Sean stepped up smartly to the plate in his brother's absence to land three vital points from frees in the Ernesiders' stunning 1-8 to 0-10 victory over the fancied Oriel County.

On Sunday, Fermanagh boss Gallagher is hoping to enjoy a special treat - five-star displays from both Quigley brothers in what promises to be a fascinating Ulster final against Donegal.

Their undoubted scoring ability from play and frees, their combined experience and a shared family desire to become members of the first Fermanagh side to land the Ulster crown suggest that the duo could find themselves in the spotlight for all the right reasons on Sunday.

Fermanagh followers are only too well aware that on those many dark days when the county's reputation took yet another pounding, one or other - or indeed both - of the Quigley brothers often stood up to the mark to offer defiance where it matters most - on the scoreboard.

Their approach to Sunday's showdown against a Donegal side laden with the favourites' mantle is typical of their fervour and passion.

Sean recalled: "We were delighted to overcome Monaghan even though we tended to make it a bit hard for ourselves. We maybe gave the ball away a little in the second half but we were just happy to take the win no matter how it came."

Donegal, however, will nonetheless represent a much bigger challenge for a Fermanagh side which clinched promotion to Division Two, and which is now deemed to have one of the meanest defences on the island.

Sean added: "We have no qualms about it, we are in this final to win it. We feel we are there on merit."

Fermanagh vs Donegal

Ulster SFC Final

Clones, Sunday, 2.00pm

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