Thomas Devlin sponsored Ulster Club u-21 Football Championship semi-final
St Patrick’s, Mayobridge v St Canice’s, Dungiven (Derry)
Sunday, Pairc Ui Ciceam, 1pm
DUNGIVEN are down to their bare bones for this weekend’s u-21 club championship semi-final against Mayobridge according to their management team.
Three of the panel, Kevin O’Connor, Sean Murray and Turloch Henry, have been ruled out because of illness or injury.
It is a dire situation for the management team of Eugene Kelly, Cathal Grieve and Seoirse McGonigle, who were also short-handed for the quarter-final clash with Kilcar last day out.
They won that game by just two points, but beating the Down champions will be even tougher because the three absentees are huge losses.
Full-forward O’Connor had to be rushed to hospital with a burst appendix, Sean Murray has a hamstring injury, and Turloch Hendry has a suspected cruciate ligament problem.
The loss of this trio will stretch Dungiven’s panel, though it would seem that the absence of Murray may be the biggest blow, talent-wise.
“He was carrying an injury the last day, and played, but he is definitely out this time. We have been told that if we rush him back then he could be out for the whole season,” said Grieve.
“We are going to wait and see how it goes, but Sean told me himself that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to play.”
Murray plays at centre-half back for the Canice’s club and along with utility player Hendry, who started at corner back last day, their absence will be a significant impact on the Dungiven defence.
“We are down to the bare bones, and I am not just saying that to make everything seem negative going into this game. They are big misses in defence. The only good thing is that we have not lost any of our scoring players,” Grieve said.
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