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Ryan McCluskey targets club joy

By John Campbell

Fermanagh team captain Ryan McCluskey has been among those who have made no secret of their feelings following Peter Canavan's departure from his managerial role.

But while McCluskey awaits confirmation of Canavan's successor, he has more pressing business on his mind.

On Sunday, he will be in the vanguard of the Enniskillen Gaels' bid to jettison Eskra's ambitions of progressing in the Ulster Club intermediate football championship when the sides meet at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

The Gaels tasted defeat in the 1999 and 2002 Ulster club senior finals to Crossmaglen Rangers and Errigal Ciaran respectively and having lost their senior status have now created an impact in the intermediate sector.

But while the county title has been enthusiastically received, McCluskey believes that success in the Ulster club championship would further cement the team's revival.

"Every team is anxious to do well at provincial level irrespective of their status and we certainly want to give a good account of ourselves," insists McCluskey.

Enniskillen Gaels manager Ronan McCabe was in the line-up that shipped heartache in those two senior club deciders and is understandably anxious to ensure the side now maintains its upward swing.

However, he could be without injured trio Tom Brewster, Neil Cox and Aidan McCarron for the joust with Tyrone champions Eskra and this could rob him of a raft of experience.

On the credit side, Niall Shannon is emerging as one of the most talented youngsters in the Erne county and he can make his presence felt, although with Peter Hughes an inspirational captain and Shane Hackett, Joe McCarroll and Peter Turbitt all key players, Eskra are not short on talent.

Meanwhile, Foreglen will look to their twin strike force of Niall McFeely and Kevin O'Connor to come good against Donegal side Naomh Mhuire, just as they did in the preliminary round win over Armagh champions Madden.

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