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Little has big role to play for Lisnaskea

All Ireland Club Intermediate Championship

When Fermanagh reached the All Ireland semi-finals in 2004 Mark Little proved one of their most inspirational players, his mazy running and clever ball control a feature of the team’s overall attacking strategy.

Little will be back on the All-Ireland stage again tomorrow — but this time at a different level.

He will line out for his club Lisnaskea Emmets against Kildare and Leinster champions Ballymore Eustace in the All Ireland Club Intermediate Championship semi-final at Navan conscious that his team’s performances to date have bolstered their confidence considerably.

In overcoming Doohamlet — the Monaghan champions — in the Ulster final, Lisnaskea, with Little a creative force, displayed a subtle scoring touch.

They will be up against a robust, supremely fit Kildare outfit who in winning the Leinster series showed that they have the experience and the craft to make further progress.

Lisnaskea spokesman Colm McCaffrey believes that his team’s progress to date has steeled them for tomorrow’s mission.

“This is a huge match for us but we have a blend of youth and experience in our side that could take us into the final.

“We are aware that we are going in against difficult opponents but we have faith in our own ability,” says McCaffrey.

In the All-Ireland Junior Club semi-final, Cavan champions Swanlinbar will confront Meath and Leinster champions Ballinabrackey at Kenagh in Longford.

Swanlinbar were beaten by Monaghan side Corduff in the Ulster final but lodged a protest on a technicality afterwards which was duly upheld and they were subsequently awarded the game — and the provincial title.

Now this thriving club which boasts eight sets of brothers in its squad will face a rugged Ballinbrackey side who clearly have shown that they believe attack is the best form of defence.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship semi-final, Antrim and Ulster champions St John’s face a gigantic task against Kilkenny and Leinster kingpins Dicksboro.

Any Kilkenny side is invariably a tough nut to crack but when a team from that particular county boasts All Ireland winners in its line-up then the opposition’s task is rendered all the more difficult.

St John’s though have trained hard for this game and believe that their experience and composure will stand to them — but they will certainly feel the heat.

In the All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling Championship semi-final, Monaghan and Ulster champions Inniskeen will pit their skills against another Kilkenny outfit, John Locke’s.

And like St John’s, Inniskeen will find that the odds will be rather stacked against them although the fact that they have considerable pace and fluency should help them against their fancied opponents.

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