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Ulster JHC Semi Final Preview

posted 5 Oct 2010, 08:01 by Jonathan Tavey   [ updated 5 Feb 2012, 04:48 ]
By JP Graham

Inniskeen v Craobh Rua: Clones:
Sunday October 10th at 12.30pm.

It is a very condensed weekend of activity for Inniskeen as not only are they hosting the final of the Gormley uPVC senior football championship but they also are involved in their penultimate game in the Streamline Coaches intermediate football league and they are playing in the semi-final of the Ulster club junior hurling championship with all that activity compressed into two days.

Their game in the intermediate football league is being played on Saturday and they travel to Clones on Sunday for a 12:30 p.m. start against Craobh Rua from Armagh in the hurling. It is then a quick dash back to Inniskeen for the county final. Speaking in the aftermath of Inniskeen's victory over Lisnaskea last Sunday Inniskeen manager Gerry Murphy admitted that he knew little of this Sunday's opposition other than that they had defeated the junior champions of Derry, Eoghan Rua, by 2-9 to 2-6 the previous day. What he was certain about though was that his team would have to show a big all-round improvement if they were to reach the final.

"Our handling was poor at times and the slow release of the ball that some of our players are indulging in is affecting our play. We are taking too much time to get the ball away and that gives the opposition the chance to get men behind the ball and close the player in possession down. There were times today too when we got involved in some of the more physical aspects of the game that Lisnaskea were indulging in and that close contact, physical play does not suit us.

We don't do that and we will have to ensure that we don't get involved in that type of play in the next match". Against that Gerry Murphy admitted that at times Inniskeen played some very good hurling. "Yes we did and we played it the way we can play but we were not consistent enough with that and too often we reverted to the game of too many passes and players taking the wrong option, we have to get the ball away quickly and we have to get into the danger area directly".

Gerry Murphy though had other concerns in that he will have to reckon without two of his regulars for this Sunday's semi-final. "Phil Brooks picked up a shoulder injury, we think it may be dislocated and we had PJ Boyle sent off on a straight red card so that rules him out for a minimum of four weeks. Phil (Brooks) is unlikely to be available for Sunday which is certainly a blow to our defence because it means we will have to change both the full-back line and the halfback line but these are things we have to work with and all we can do is do our best".