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First Quarter Final In Paul Mc Girr Tournament

Wednesday 16.10.2019
Team Talk Mag
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This season’s Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament kicks off this Saturday and first up is an intriguing contest between Fermanagh champions Newtownbutler and Armagh’s Clan Na Gael at 12:00 in Gardrum Park.

Returning to the tournament after a strong showing last year Newtownbutler have most of their 2018 team still involved and they will be hoping that their experience pays off.  The impressive Diarmuid King and Jamie McCaffrey lead a resolute defence who conceded very little in their Fermanagh campaign. The midfield partnership of Caolan Swift and the towering Sean Conlon will look to give them a strong foothold but it is up front  where they could hold the key with the impish Ger O’Keefe who will prove a handful for the Lurgan lads and Joseph Clancy who will certainly take a bit of watching also.

Under a management team led by Finbarr O’Keefe the First Fermanagh’s play an attacking brand of football and have been running up high scores so far this season. It’s a challenge they will relish according to O’Keefe. “Newtownbutler First Fermanagh’s are delighted to compete at this level. With our U16s up against the finest in each county in Ulster. Clan Na Gael have a rich history and are one of the most successful clubs in Armagh. It’s championship football but with a greater degree of the unknown. Saturday’s game is an exciting opener for us and we look forward to it. Good luck to all clubs involved and thank you to the organizing committee for hosting this successful tournament.”

Clan Na Gael emerged from a very tough Armagh championship and having defeated teams of the calibre of Clann Eireann, Armagh Harps and Crossmaglen along the way they will be certainly coming into the Ulster campaign a battle hardened side.  They followed up the 2-15 to 2-12 defeat of Crossmaglen in the Armagh final at the start of September by annexing the Armagh league title defeating Madden to complete their dominance of a strong Armagh competition.  The Lurgan club of course has a strong history in Ulster competition but as their manager Laurence McGuiness says it been too long since they last appeared on the scene. “It’s an honour for our club to be participating in such an esteemed competition as the Paul McGirrTournament. It’s been a long time since we have competed in an Ulster championship at any level. The lads are looking forward to the game and have been training hard for it. They will go out and give everything they have as always and we will see where it takes us.”

Oran O’Kane is the man Newtownbutler will have to keep an eye on with his scoring prowess being a major contributor to Clan Na Gael’s success with Matthew King, Niall Magennis and Matthew Lennon among others seeking to push the Armagh champions onto the semi final.

At underage level experience counts for an awful lot and with the majority of the Newtownbutler squad playing their third game in the competition they will certainly feel confident but Armagh champions are never easily beaten at this level so it is a game that is very hard to call.

All proceeds from the tournament go to the Spirit of Paul McGirr Trust for their work with poor and less able bodied children in Lusaka, Zambia.

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