Devenney – New systems needed for Donegal and Monaghan

AFTER the first week of McKenna Cup football, there is a healthy degree of, ‘Ah, sure it’s the first day back,’ and ‘Who cares, really?’ In general, fans are just delighted to be back on the terraces, talking about football and shaking off some of the fur that gathers on you while you spend too […]

New attitude from Down

YOU CAN’T help but notice that things seem very different about Down this year. Their purposeful, forceful nature and bullish attitude to their approach is reflected in the way they’ve gone about matters on the field. Down have called in the heavy artillery, and they mean business. They steamrolled their way into the last four […]

Time for Derry to get defensive

FOR DERRY, the month of January has so far been all about work-rate and the return of some familiar faces to the mix. Lest we forget, they’re the reigning McKenna Cup champions, and things seem to be ticking over nicely as they head into the knockout stages. Last year, Derry received many plaudits for the […]

Canavan will be focused on League

THERE’S no arguing with the fact that the feel-good factor is very much back in Fermanagh. Their opening results in the McKenna Cup campaign, with Seamus Quigley leading the assault, have reminded them all of why they play the game in the first place. They’re playing their football with a spring in their step and […]

Challenge has changed for Tyrone

IT’S A familiar pattern with Tyrone. The further into the McKenna Cup things go, the more familiar look the Tyrone line-up takes. This year has been no different, doing little more than what was required in the early rounds, with more regulars introduced the closer things get to the knockout stages. Make no mistake; The […]

Recession forces county PRO to consider emigration

THE GAA has suffered from player drain because of the recession for some time, but now it seems that administrators may be under threat as well. The youngest county PRO in Ireland, Fermanagh’s Johnny McManus, has informed his county board that he will have to give up the position he loves, and travel to Boston […]

McComiskey to miss NFL campaign

DOWN ATTACKER Paul McComiskey will not be available for selection by Mourne boss James McCartan for the opening rounds of the upcoming National Football League. Gaelic Life understands that the talented Dundrum forward, a regular starter for the Mourne men in their march to the 2010 All-Ireland final, has asked for a leave of absence […]

Derry secure semi-final spot

POWER NI McKenna Cup holders Derry scored a two point win over derby rivals Donegal at chilly MacCumhaill Park last night to set up a semi-final meeting with Down on Sunday. Conleith Gilligan scored 1-3 for the victors who took a third Group C win as Ulster champions Donegal fell to a third defeat in […]

Cavan show more positive signs

WHO needs Sean Johnston? That was the question on everyone’s lips leaving Breffni Park as the former captain’s Cavan Gaels team-mate Martin Dunne came off the bench to kick five sensational points, including a free from an impossible angle with his weaker foot, as Cavan ground out a gutsy win over Jordanstown. While the sod […]

Carville is Armagh hero

Armagh 0-13 Monaghan 0-12 WHAT began as an fairly uneventful Power NI Dr McKenna Cup game at the Athletics Grounds ended in high drama as Armagh won with an injury time score from second-half substitute Paul Carville. At a stage during the second half, it appeared as if the Orchard county were onto a loser, […]