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St Enda’s look to raise game for replay

By John Campbell

Omagh St Enda’s manager Liam Grugan is hoping for a much more committed performance from his side when they meet Clonoe in their Tyrone senior football championship replay on Sunday.

In the drawn game last weekend, Clonoe made all the early running and it took some inspirational play from veteran defender Paul Tierney and the hard-working Dermot Kerr to launch the St Enda’s recovery.

“We almost left ourselves with too much to do and now we need to hit the ground running this time,” says Grugan who was a member of the Tyrone squad that lost the 1986 All-Ireland final to Kerry.

There is of course a solid link to the current Red Hands side within the St Enda’s team as the McMahon brothers Joe and Justin are All-Ireland winners and will have important roles to play against a Clonoe side that benefited from a brace of goals from Daniel McNulty in the drawn game.

The loss of Shane O’Hagan to a second yellow card almost cost Clonoe the game as St Enda’s missed a couple of easy frees in the closing stages.

“We know that we will have our work cut out to win this game but we have to show that we have learned from our experience of last weekend,” adds manager Grufgan.

Meanwhile St Brigid’s and St Mary’s Ahoghill will meet tonight in a replay of their Antrim senior football championship tie which finished all square (1-7 each) last Friday.

Former Down All-Ireland winner Greg Blaney is hopeful that James Loughrey, Mark Sweeney, Deaghlan O’Hagan and Willie McSorley can inspire his side this time while St Mary’s, managed by Dermot Graham, will look to the O’Connells Niall and P J to give a lead.

In the Monaghan senior football championship, Latton, backboned by Owen Duffy, Brendan O’Brien and the Lennon cousins Eoin and Eddie who are both fit again could prove too strong for Monaghan Harps while Vinny Corey, Dessie Mone and Conor McManus should help Clontibret to get past Castleblayney.

Currin’s Dick Clerkin meanwhile will pit his skills against his county colleague Paul Finlay who will be Ballybay’s mainstay when the sides meet.

In the Cavan senior football championship, Damien Kelly will anchor the Belturbet defence against Ballinagh while Kevin Meehan and Robert Maloney-Derham will bolster the Cavan Gaels defence against Kingscourt.

Keith Fannin will again be to the fore for Drumdoon against Cuchullians who will look to Ronan Flanagan for leadership while Breffni veteran Eugene Keating, outstanding in the county colours this year, will have a key role in the Cuchullains side against Mullahoran.

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