Tyrone hold off Fermanagh

Tyrone 0-13 Fermanagh 1-7 30 MINUTES before throw-in the buzz went around that Peter Canavan had altered the Fermanagh line-up. Out went the inexperienced Declan Cassidy, Tomas Corrigan, and Liam Lynch, along with Pat Cadden. Most surprisingly, Seamus Quigley was also benched, Daniel Kille replacing him. Dud lineouts have been a feature of the three […]

Power NI McKenna Cup Group C previews

Donegal v Derry (tonight, Ballybofey, 7.30pm) SINCE 2009, Donegal have played Derry five times, and on the last three occasions they have prevailed. The last time the Oak Leafers managed a win against Donegal was in April 2009, when Damian Cassidy was in charge. They won that game by four points, and eight different players […]

Power NI McKenna Cup Group B previews

Down v St Mary’s (tonight, Pairc Esler, 7.30pm) WHEN Paddy Tally and Brian McIver parted ways with Down at the end of last season, it was almost inevitable that sooner rather than later they would cross paths with the Mourne county and be given the opportunity to renew acquaintances. Sure enough, the McKenna Cup draw […]

Power NI McKenna Cup Group A previews

Tyrone v Fermanagh (tonight, Healy Park, 7.30pm) WHEN the draw was made in Armagh for the 2012 Dr McKenna Cup, Fermanagh’s representative sent along to the night was trainer, Kieran Donnelly. He joined a host of other men such as Paddy O’Rourke and Liam Bradley. And then Tyrone and Fermanagh were paired in the same […]

Brolly – Tribute to folk heroes

“Every hour God sends” was the response I received to a text I sent to one of the Derry lads recently asking how much training they were doing over Christmas. “This f…ing Lavey man is going to kill us” was another. Fitness levels have become extraordinary, body shapes transformed. Nowadays, county players could run up […]

At the dart of the matter

THIS week, the World Darts Championship started in the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green. No, wait! The World Darts Championship is over, having been won by Adrian Lewis two weeks ago in Alexandra Palace, London. No, actually, there are now two World Darts Championships, as a result of a fractious split that occurred in […]

Gallagher reveals decision why he can't hurl

ONLY for a broken jaw, might Aodhan Gallagher have thrown his lot in with Jerry Wallis and the Antrim hurlers this season? The reality is a little less dramatic, although the notion of the athletic St Gall’s midfielder caused a mild sensation through the winter weeks gone by when Wallis had named him on a […]

Why things are looking up for Monaghan

IN AN interview before Christmas, Conor McManus referred to last season’s All-Ireland qualifier loss to Offaly as one of his worst days in football. Between the National League and the Championship last year, Monaghan won the grand total of just two games. Prior to that, they had lost all three outings in the McKenna Cup. […]

Derry must deal with the blanket

DERRY fell foul of the Donegal defensive system in last year’s Ulster final and according to Sean McGoldrick, John Brennan’s team need to devise a system to deal with it, and quickly. McGoldrick watched as Derry saw off Cavan with a late flurry in their opening Power NI Dr McKenna Cup game at Celtic Park […]

McKeever wary of St Mary's

Armagh 2-7 St Mary’s College Belfast 1-16. IT WAS a night which Armagh stalwart Stevie McDonnell later described as, “Disgusting,” as one of the worst he had ever endured in an Armagh jersey. Twelve months on, and the Orchard men are determined that they will not let lightning strike twice. Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever made […]