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Ulster Junior Huring Quarter Final Preview

posted 27 Sep 2010, 09:44 by Jonathan Tavey   [ updated 5 Feb 2012, 04:48 ]
Inniskeen v Lisnaskea:
Sunday October 3rd in Inniskeen at 3.30pm

Inniskeen hurlers are back in action this weekend when they take on Lisnaskea in the quarter-final of the Ulster club Junior hurling championship in Inniskeen at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The fact that they are playing at home should be an advantage to Inniskeen but a major motivating factor for them also will be that the trophy for this competition is named after their long-time mentor and Inniskeen stalwart the late, great Paddy O'Rourke. It was Paddy O'Rourke who introduced the bulk of this group of Inniskeen hurlers to the ancient game as at juvenile level and he nurtured in them a love and a dedication for the game that has seen them progress through the ranks to where they are now the champions of Monaghan and will be seeking to go all the way and become the junior club champions of Ulster as well. Inniskeen though will be very aware that motivation is one thing but translating it into a winning performance is another.

Team manager Gerry Murphy was more a relieved man than a happy man last Sunday when his team completed the Monaghan double because there were aspects of their play, most notably their first touch and the quick release of the ball that he will be seeking to improve on for this Sundays testing encounter. Inniskeen go into the game as the winners of the senior championship in Monaghan while Lisnaskea are there as the defeated finalists in the Fermanagh senior championship but that should not be taken as an indication that they are simply making up the numbers.

Lisnaskea is a club that is developing and is supplying players to Fermanagh at all levels particularly U21 and senior with players of the quality of Barry Smith, Shea Curran, Francis McBrien and Michael Beggan on the Fermanagh senior panel along with players like David McGorman, Kevin Mulholland, Niall Lunny, Paul Teague and Niall McGoldrick who represented Fermanagh against Monaghan in the U21 hurling Shield earlier this year. Inniskeen should be back to full strength for Sunday's game with Barry McArdle and Pauric Dowdall who both missed out last Sunday available and both central to their defence. The return of those players will mean that Inniskeen will revert to their usual lineout although David McGahon gave a commanding performance last Sunday and will certainly be pushing for inclusion in the starting 15. The re-jigging will also see Paul Meegan return to an all-out attacking role at corner forward where he along with Ronan Meegan, Kevin Boylan, Michael Lennon and Martin Murphy should possess too much firepower for the visitors. Throw-in in Inniskeen is at 3:30 p.m. with extra time mandatory in the event of the sides finishing level at the end of normal time.