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Title tilt is McFeely's driving ambition

By John Campbell

Niall McFeely's performances to date for Foreglen in the Ulster club intermediate football championship have almost certainly earned him a call-up to the Derry squad for the forthcoming Dr McKenna Cup.

McFeely has been outstanding in what has been a truly memorable 125th season for the north Derry side.

They won the county intermediate championship and followed this up by gaining promotion to Division One, defeating Greenlough by 0-9 to 1-5 to ensure their ascent into the top bracket.

Now they have the Ulster title in their sights with McFeely's marksmanship central to their aspirations of further success.

In their provincial wins to date, over Armagh champions Madden and Donegal representatives Naomh Mhuire, McFeely has been particularly lethal in terms of his finishing.

And with his fine work having been complemented by a handsome contribution from Kevin O'Connor, Foreglen have shown that they have the ammunition to shoot down Monaghan side Truagh in the provincial semi-final on Sunday.

Foreglen manager Paddy Downey, while delighted with his team's progress to date, nonetheless insists that Truagh, who have already beaten Down champions Drungath, will prove a tough nut to crack.

"It's terrific to have got two wins under our belts so far but no trophies have been won yet," the Lavey man points out.

"The competition is really hotting up now and we face a huge task. We need all our players to step up to the mark for this one."

To reveal that there is a family flavour to the Foreglen side would be to delve into the realms of understatement.

Three McFeelys – Niall, Ryan and Ciaran – will start alongside the four Duffy brothers Ruairi, John, Eunan and Eoghan.

Kevin O'Connor is a cousin of the McFeelys while brothers Gavin and Mark McCormick hold down key positions at goalkeeper at midfield respectively.

Skipper Mark will lead a side that, having taken the Derry championship and All County league by storm, now wants to stamp their authority on the Ulster club championship.

Truagh, meanwhile, also parade a strong family influence with the Treanors and McKennas very much to the fore.

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