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McCusker won't take Silverbridge for granted

By John Campbell

Fergal McCusker hit the high spots as a player with Derry and now he is poised to script his own special chapter in Ulster GAA history as a manager.

The 1993 All-Ireland winner will send his all-conquering Watty Grahams, Maghera side into tomorrow's provincial club minor football final seeking their third successive triumph in the competition.

Armagh champions Silverbridge will form the opposition and while his team will be cast in the role of red-hot favourites to extend their dominance of the minor sector, McCusker nonetheless takes a cautious approach.

"Obviously I feel that we have the fitness, guile and experience to win this game because several of my players will be playing in their third final but you can't take anything for granted," points out McCusker. "While I am very happy that we have been able to continue in our winning vein, we will be up against a side who will be keen to prove themselves."

For a number of players on both teams, this will be a renewal of rivalry as several of the Watty Graham's side were in the St Patrick's College, Maghera team which won the MacRory Cup by beating a St Paul's Bessbrook outfit which incorporated a number of Silverbridge players back on St Patrick's Day.

Silverbridge looked particularly sharp for the greater part of their semi-final against Monaghan representatives Carrickmacross whom they beat by 5-9 to 3-3.

The south Armagh outfit boasts fine players in Jarlath Burns Jnr, Padraig Keating, Aodhan Quinn, Eoghan Burns and Patrick Reel and secretary Aidan Murphy believes they will not be fazed.

"Obviously Watty Grahams are strong and play with great cohesion and drive but our boys will be very fired up for this," he said.

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