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St Gall's skipper Brady even more determined after delay

By John Campbell

St Gall’s captain Colin Brady believes his team will be even more fired up for their All Ireland Club football semi-final against Corofin now that the match has been re-fixed for Paarnell Park, Dublin on Saturday night (7.30pm).

The game was ruled out last Sunday because of snow but Brady, who will also lead Antrim this year, suggests that the delay will serve to have his side straining at the leash to confront the Galway and Connacht champions.

“Obviously we were frustrated when the game was called off on Sunday as we were ready for the task facing us but there was no option because of the weather,” maintains Brady.

“Now we are even more focused on getting out onto Parnell Park on Saturday night and doing the business.”

The match is going to be screened live by TG4 and with the prospect of bumper Saturday night viewing figures St Gall’s will be in the big picture in every sense of the word.

“I think the level of interest in Saturday night games to date this year has been huge and now we will find ourselves in the shop window,” says Brady.

“This will lend an extra dimension to the contest but we do not see this as putting us under any more pressure.”

St Gall’s have had the opportunity to digest the video footage of the Kilmurry/Ibrickane v Portlaoise semi-final which was played on Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick with Clare champions Kilmurry/Ibrickane coming out on top by nine points in order to reach the decider on St Patrick’s Day.

Portlaoise had two players sent off in the game and St Gall’s manager Lenny Harbinson has already cautioned his players to maintain their discipline against a Corofin side that includes four experienced Galway county defenders — Kieran Fitzgerald, Gary Sice, Alan Burke and Damien Burke.

Meanwhile, Armagh will now host Mayo in their Division 3A National Hurling League, postponed from last Sunday, on Saturday week at Crossmaglen (2.30pm).

On the same day, South Down will travel to Longford for a fixture that also fell victim to the weather at the weekend.

And there will now be a fascinating double bill at Inniskeen on Sunday week with Fermanagh and Monaghan meeting in Division Four of the National Hurling League.

Before that Tyrone and Monaghan lock horns in a crucial match in Division One of the National Football League with both teams desperately anxious to secure their first brace of points in the competition.

On the same day, Derry will meet a Kerry side who will now be without Paul Galvin following his eight-week suspension having been sent off in the defeat against Cork in round two of the league.

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