Minor Championship Final Weekend
A weekend holiday break scheduled for adult players over this coming weekend which leaves a skimpy programme of games.
But there is one major event pencilled in for Saturday evening at Brewster Park, namely a double bill featuring the Minor ‘A’ and Minor ‘B’ championship deciders. The premier competition features a tussle between St Patricks and Erne Gaels while the curtain raiser ‘B ‘ final will be contested by Devenish and Newtownbutler.
St Patricks have been one of the leading sides at this grade this season and the Donagh side underlined their credentials in an absorbing semi final which saw them edge out a highly regarded Lisnaskea side.
This was a full blooded derby affair which went down to the wire before St Patricks scraped through with a point to spare. On that performance they will be viewed as the fancied side in Saturday’s final but they would need to be very wary of an ambush from an Erne Gaels side who have dispatched some high class opposition on their path through to the final, Kinawley and Derrygonnelly both failing to stall the Belleek charge.
Both teams look to be well balanced through their respective lineouts with marquee forwards in Brian McDermott for St Patricks and Thomas McCaffery for Erne Gaels two of the sharpest attackers in the county at this grade.
Top class fare expected in this intriguing decider.
In the ‘B’ decider, Devenish with Ruairi Doherty as their top performer had a tougher passage to reach the final and this might just be the experience that gives them a slight edge over Newtownbutler. For the First Fermanagh’s , captain Gareth Fox is the anchor man in their defence. With county minor Sean Mullaney the play-maker up front