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Bogue eager to emulate the St Enda's footballers

 

Final fling: Ryan Bogue (left) is determined to help St Enda’s, Glengormley lift the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling crown
Final fling: Ryan Bogue (left) is determined to help St Enda’s, Glengormley lift the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling crown
John Campbell

By John Campbell

This time last year, St Enda's, Glengormley were in the process of building towards the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship title.

Fast forward to today and the club is again in the throes of pushing for a provincial honour, only this time in a different code.

Tomorrow they will face Eoghan Ruagh, Dungannon in the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling final at Owenbeg (4pm) conscious that their football colleagues have thrown down the gauntlet to them in terms of a title-winning feat.

St Enda's hurlers stunned fancied Derry side Banagher at the first hurdle (1-10 to 0-12) before going on to pip Down champions Bredagh after extra-time at the semi-final stage (0-18 to 0-16).

They may have achieved progress the hard way but Fermanagh native Ryan Bogue is among those who have helped to keep the Glengormley club in the sporting limelight, although he readily accepts that the hurlers face their acid test tomorrow.

"I suppose you could say that the hurlers looked on as the footballers had a good run last year and thought that maybe they could sample a bit of success themselves this time round and that's how it has panned out," observed 30-year-old Bogue.

"Terence McNaughton, our manager, has been driving us on and I think that the hard matches we have had could stand to us. In winning the Antrim intermediate title, it was not all plain sailing for us either and maybe we made hard work of things if the truth be told."

For all that, the Glengormley side now stand within 60-plus minutes of a provincial title, something that might not have been countenanced at the beginning of the season.

But while pleased that his team are involved in tomorrow's final, car parts salesman Bogue pinpoints the strengths of a Dungannon side that encountered relatively little difficulty in overcoming Keady at the semi-final stage.

"You would have to say that Dungannon are on the crest of a wave just now," emphasised Bogue. "They had a good win over Keady, Damian Casey is still in unbelievable scoring form and the team has obviously gained in confidence."

It's ace marksman Casey, scorer of 12 points in the win over Keady, who comprises a significant threat to St Enda's well-being.

Casey, who would certainly not be out of place in more aloof hurling company, is very much a match-winner in his own right and will undoubtedly ask big questions of the St Enda's defence.

"We know that he is a great finisher but I feel our defence will be able to cope. The important thing is that we concentrate on playing as well as we can rather than worrying too much about the opposition. We respect them certainly but we still have faith in our own ability to go out and do a job," insisted Bogue.

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