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We must keep our eye on the ball in bid for junior glory: Flanagan

 

By John Campbell

Belnaleck manager Gerry Flanagan has warned his side that they can't leave it late if they are to be crowned Ulster junior club football champions tomorrow night.

The Fermanagh outfit will meet Donegal side Naomh Colmcille in the provincial final having managed to thwart a late recovery by Coa in their county championship final before edging to victory over Derry title-holders Doire Trasna in their Ulster semi-final.

Flanagan makes it abundantly clear what he expects as the club prepares for one of the biggest matches in its history.

"The fact of the matter is that we won each of those two games by a one-point margin," he points out.

"We had a six-point lead at one stage in the second-half against Coa but we were nearly overhauled, and then in what seemed like an interminable period of added time against Doire Trasna we just managed to get over the line."

Belnaleck may have plied their trade in the junior ranks this year but they are certainly not short on experience.

The Cullen brothers Che and Lee, who form the central spine of their defence, have already cut their teeth in the inter-county sphere with Fermanagh, as has the versatile Kane Connor.

They will face a Naomh Colmcille side that just managed to squeeze out Tyrone side Tattyreagh in last Saturday's semi-final. Belnaleck boss Flanagan, aware that the north-west side now have glory in their sight, will urge his team to maintain their concentration from first whistle until last.

"Being involved in a final at this time of the year is just great for all the lads but, when you get this far, you want to win it.

"That's why I've been impressing upon them the importance of keeping total focus giving it everything right until the end," he adds.

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