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Jim McCorry wants even more from Kilcoo's subs

John Campbell

Kilcoo manager Jim McCorry has hailed the contribution that his substitutes have made to date in the Ulster club championship.

But while he has had to frequently resort to his bench of late, it's likely that McCorry will be forced to make even bigger demands on his reserve resources for tomorrow's Ulster semi-final showdown with Derry champions Ballinderry.

The absence of Anthony Devlin and Jerome Johnston from the starting line-up against Crossmaglen Rangers last weekend paved the way for Niall Morgan and James McClean to come in and make an impact.

Johnston, Felim Morgan and Michael Devlin were subsequently drafted into the action as the physicality of the game took its toll on the Down champions.

And having spent much of this week in discussion with his physiotherapists and medical personnel, McCorry concedes that he will need a big input from his substitutes tomorrow if victory is to be achieved.

"The players had nothing left to give last Sunday but they have become re-energised since then as the week has passed," explained McCorry.

"They are enthused by the challenge that awaits them and want to build on that win over Crossmaglen Rangers.

"But they know it's going to be very difficult particularly as Ballinderry will come to the Athletic Grounds refreshed."

"We have been carefully monitoring knocks that were picked up and we won't be taking any risks with players who are not fully fit. There is too much at stake now."

McCorry, aware that Ballinderry represent a potent fusion of youth and experience, believes that an all-out effort will be required if the Derry champions are to be kept in check.

"Ballinderry are a big, strong, physical side who can play very good football. They will not be easily beaten. I am very familiar with them and I know that they have ambitions of becoming Ulster club champions," added McCorry.

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