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Great Weekend for our Club Players

Jan. 24, 2011

Our Club was very well represented over the past fews days at Intercounty Level. The Club has 7 players competiting the the McKenna Cup while our Under 21's have progressed into the Ulster Club Semi Finals.

In Fermanagh's first competitive outing of 2011, Belcoo had 3 players making appearances in the 0-15 to 1-12 draw against UUJ on the new 3G pitch in Breffini Park, Cavan. James McGrath was in goals while his brother Paul made his county debut at wing half forward, where he completed the full 70minutes and finished with two points from play. Ciaran Flaherty who was a regular in the green jersey last season made a significant impact when introduced midway through the second half and it was Flaherty who put Fermanagh in front for the first time 0-14 to 1-10 with 5minutes remaining, when he kicked a long distance score.

It was a close game throughout but UUJ opened up a 4point gap after fifteen minutes before Fermanagh battled back to level, however a quickfire goal and point sent the students four clear at the interval. UUJ opened up a six point lead early in the second half but six unanswered points from Fermanagh levelled things. Flaherty then put Fermanagh in front for the only time in the game, however a brace of UUJ points meant a great score from Teemore's Hugh Brady with the last kick secured the game finished level.

Belcoo's Kieran Leonard and Mark McGovern were among the unused substitutes and these two should expect to get some game time on Wednesday night against Tyrone in Brewster Park as John O'Neill plans to rotate his panel of players.

Niall McGovern and Brian Cox were involved with Queens University in the Competition but with all three games played, Queens will go no further. In the opening Round Queens defeated Monaghan 0-13 to 0-9, a game which both players started, Niall at full back and Brian at wing half forward where he landed two scores from play. A heavy defeat to Derry before defeat at the weekend to Cavan put an end to Queens in this Competition. They will now turn there attention to the Sigerson Cup where they face NUI Maynooth in the opening round on 17th February.

At Club Level, the Under 21 side under the management of Connor Leonard and Gary McNulty secured their place in the Ulster Club Semi Final following an impressive win over Monaghan Harps on Sunday. After a number of failed Minor attempts in Ulster over the last number of seasons, our boys have learned from these past experiences and produced the performance we know they are capable off on the big day. This particular Under 21 team is littered with MacRory players past and present along with some county Minors and U21's. The vast majority of this team has also played Senior and Junior Club football for some years now so there is no reason why Ulster can't be rattled. We look forward to the Semi Final draw in the next few days.





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