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2019 season review – Fermanagh club players’ vox pop

Luca McCusker

Maguiresbridge

What was your biggest frustration playing club football this year?

Apart from injuries, not playing league final replay because it too late in the year with the Ulster competitions starting

What club story in your county caught your eye this year?

Match being called off in Belcoo because of a stray Teleporter left on the field and no keys to move it

What would you like to see changed in Fermanagh next year?

A proper u20/u21 age group. It’s been changed too many times with too many young ones missing out on playing either from not being old enough or ready to play senior football

What was the best club game you watched in Fermanagh this year, excluding your own?

Brookeborough and Coa juniors

Darragh McGurn

Belnaleck

What was your biggest frustration playing club football this year?

Biggest frustration was not having the league finished before the championship.

What club story in your county caught your eye this year?

Roslea making a championship final and running Derrygonnelly so close while missing multiple key men was impressive.

What would you like to see changed in Fermanagh next year?

I would like to see the league being finished off before the championship starts as players and supporters lose interest after the championship.

What was the best club game you watched in Fermanagh this year, excluding your own?

Tempo vs Roslea. The drawn game was exciting and had a championship feel to it.

Tiarnan Bogue

Tempo

What was your biggest frustration playing club football this year?

Biggest frustration would probably be drawing against Roslea in the semi final of the senior championship. Although we survived that game in the dying moments, I felt it was one we could have had a greater return out of over the full 60 minutes. Disappointing as we did not do ourselves justice in the replay.

What club story in your county caught your eye this year?

The infamous “teleporter gate” on the shores of Lough MacNean caused a bit of a stir. I think the keys of the vehicle have since been found.

What would you like to see changed in Fermanagh next year?

Would like to see format of leagues changed from a top-four play-off system to straight promotion. For example, my own club, Tempo Maguire’s, finished top of Division 2 with two games to spare, yet still had to win two play off games in order to secure promotion. Thankfully, we managed to lift the division two title in the end.

What was the best club game you watched in Fermanagh this year, excluding your own?

The drawn encounter between Belnaleck and Derrygonnelly could have derailed the drive for five. However, Derrygonnelly represented the county very well, and their victory over Trillick was nothing short of a classic with the added novelty of ending in penalties.

Tomás Clarke

Lisnaskea

What was your biggest frustration playing club football this year?

Having to play relegation championship games. I’m not sure how else the championship tiers could be sorted so they do serve a purpose. They just aren’t great games to be involved in.

What club story in your county caught your eye this year?

Belnaleck being so competitive in the Senior Championship was great to see. Now that they are promoted to Division One this should make them even more competitive come championship time and I think they can beat anyone in Fermanagh on their day.

What would you like to see changed in Fermanagh next year?

Have the league campaign completely finished before the championship starts. It’s hard to get motivated having been knocked out of the championship to then have to play promotion, relegation or league finals.

What was the best club game you watched in Fermanagh this year, excluding your own?

The championship semi-final between Derrygonnelly and Belnaleck that ended in a draw. That may have been the only club game that didn’t involve Lisnaskea that I saw this year.

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