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Shamrocks will have no fear: McGinnity

By John Campbell

Roslea manager Peter McGinnity admits that his team will carry the label of 'country cousins' into the last four of the Ulster senior club football championship.

The Fermanagh champions will take on Donegal title-holders Glenswilly at Healy Park, Omagh aware that their quarter-final victory over Cavan representatives Ballinagh has failed to garland them with favourable odds.

"Let's be honest, the bookies and others have us trailing in the wake of the other sides that are still left in the title race but we must live with that," said McGinnity.

"There is not a lot we can do except hope to do our talking where it matters most – out on the park. That would be the best way to shed our country cousins image."

McGinnity even goes a stage further in painting a stark picture in relation to his team's chances of making the final.

"I think it could be said that tradition is not on our side," he said. "When you look back over the recent winners of the competition you will see that counties like Armagh, Down and Derry are represented. You will look very hard to find a Fermanagh side in the honours list over the past twenty years."

Nonetheless, this rather bleak perception has not been allowed to blunt his competitive edge which was honed during a lengthy career in the Fermanagh jersey and a spell with the St John's club in Belfast.

"When we reached the Fermanagh final against Belcoo we said that we would prepare as well as we could and see where that took us. Then, when we got over that hurdle, we adopted the same attitude for our Ulster quarter-final against Ballinagh and again we came out on the right side," said McGinnity.

"It's hardly surprising that we are taking the same stance again for this game against a Glenswilly side that is given a healthier rating than us although this does not worry us unduly."

Of more concern to McGinnity is the fact that seasoned defender Peter Sherry is "extremely doubtful" for the contest.

Sherry, who was in the Fermanagh squad that came close to reaching the All-Ireland final in 2004, played for only two minutes against Belcoo and 20 minutes against Ballinagh before succumbing to injury in each game.

"We maybe took a chance with Peter in these games and had we not done so he probably would have been all right for Sunday. As it is we must wait and see," said McGinnity. "At this point in time you would have to say that he is extremely doubtful for the game."

McGinnity will unveil his game plan tonight, but he is in no doubt just where the tie will be won and lost.

He said: "The midfield partnership which gets a solid footing will determine the outcome."

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