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 […]

High times in Fermanagh

PETER Canavan had the Fermanagh squad informed before last Sunday’s match that Antrim had trained hard the previous day. It was another pointer that victory was not hoped for, but expected of his new side. Fermanagh had their own dramas. Coping with a decimated midfield, Canavan elected to throw 19-year-old Eoin Donnelly from Coa into […]

No panic for Donegal

UNSURPRISINGLY there was no panic this week following Donegal’s two-point loss to UUJ in the first round of the Power NI Dr McKenna Cup last weekend. Jim McGuinness used nine players who were involved in last year’s Ulster final victory over Derry but still lost the game by two points against the students. Manus Boyle, […]

Donnelly reveals McKenna Cup strategy

IT’S NO time to be getting excited, according to all the voices coming out of the Tyrone camp. Transition has probably been the most commonly-used word thrown out to reporters, but there is good reason for it. Some observers would feel that a game against Queen’s was the ideal scenario to throw in players such […]

McCartan's switches suggest progress

DOWN boss James McCartan revealed that he was, “Nothing but encouraged,” by his side’s performance in seeing off the challenge of neighbours Armagh last weekend. And the Mourne boss had every reason to be satisfied by their Sunday afternoon’s work. The Down boss showed bravery in sweeping out his back room over the winter break […]

Graham delighted by Cavan's youthfulness

DESPITE last weekend’s defeat to Derry, when Cavan conceded three late points, it would seem that the Breffni county are feeling decidedly positive one game into the 2011 season. This weekend, they face the 2011 Ulster Champions Donegal, who will be hungry for a win after being beaten by a crowd of students last weekend. […]

Conor McManus hopes for quick recovery

MONAGHAN sharp-shooter Conor McManus is hoping for a quick return to National League action following his winter hip surgery. The Clontibret attacker comes off crutches this week before embarking on an intense rehabilitation programme, and has targeted the end of March for a possible return to the Farney colours. McManus flew to England for surgery […]