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McManus lauds McEnaney’s return as boss of Monaghan

Positive: Seamus McEnaney is back as Monaghan manager
Positive: Seamus McEnaney is back as Monaghan manager
John Campbell

By John Campbell

The appointment of Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney for a second term as Monaghan football team boss has been praised by long-serving forward Conor McManus as a positive step going forward.

Since Malachy O'Rourke stood down following the team's exit from the All-Ireland qualifiers earlier in the summer, there has been considerable speculation as to just who might step into his shoes with several names having been in the spotlight.

But now that the return of the man who was O'Rourke's predecessor has ignited considerable excitement within a county which won two Ulster titles under O'Rourke and which has consistently been in the top eight sides in the country.

"He is a Monaghan man through and through and just wants what is best for the county," insists McManus. "He has been involved with our county under-age sides lately and I think this shows the depth of his commitment. I think he has assembled a fairly strong backroom team going in as the senior manager again."

Certainly the inclusion of former Tyrone strength and conditioning coach Peter Donnelly and ex-Down ace Conor Laverty, the director of football at Trinity College, Dublin, as part of McEnaney's management backroom team is seen as a very positive step.

Meanwhile, St John's will take on Cushendall and Dunloy will meet Loughgiel in the forthcoming semi-finals of the Antrim senior hurling championship.

These will be repeat pairings from this stage of the competition last year with Cushendall having booked their last four slot by beating Rossa by 1-15 to 0-10 on Saturday while St John's had a comfortable 2-19 to 0-15 win over St Gall's.

Cushendall's victory had its roots in another impressive performance by the accurate Neil McManus who scored 0-8 with Alec Delargy landing the only goal of the game.

In the Down senior hurling championship, Portaferry overcame Ballycran by 1-18 to 0-19 in a semi-final that went to extra-time.

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