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O'Rourke names unchanged team

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke has confirmed an unchanged line-up for Saturday's Ulster senior football championship semi-final against Derry at Healy Park, Omagh (6.00).

This means that Shane McCabe, who made a profound impact as a substitute in last month's win over Monaghan, will be kept in reserve.

Ciaran McElroy will line out in the half-forward division instead of corner forward this time round, though.

Meanwhile, the All Ireland Football Qualifiers first round draw will take place live on TV3 on Sunday week.

And rarely since the onset of the Qualifiers has the start of this phase of the championship created so much interest.

The draw drum will roll after the last two provincial semi-finals between Dublin and Westmeath and Cavan and Armagh have been played.

With several teams included that had been expected to figure in the hunt for provincial honours - among them Tyrone, Meath and Monaghan - the draw is certain to throw up some very tasty fixtures.

The football draw will be open and unseeded and the first named team will have home advantage. This means, of course, that teams who have already met could cross swords again. The winners of round one will play off in round two with the beaten provincial finalists awaiting in the third round.

The All Ireland Hurling Qualifiers draw will also take place on Sunday week.

Referees have been coming in for some stinging criticism lately, particularly from TV pundits but there is certainly no let-up in the drive to have them in peak condition.

Already this week the leading inter-county football and hurling referees have been undergoing intensive fitness tests at Dublin City University.

FERMANAGH: R Gallagher; S Goan, H Brady, P Sherry; D Kelly, R McCluskey, T McElroy; M Murphy, M McGrath; C McElroy, J Sherry, R Keenan; E Maguire, L McBarron, M Little.

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