Derrygonnelly and Maguiresbridge find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings this Friday evening when the two sides lock horns in the Fermanagh Minor Championship Final.
At the start of this year’s Championship, strong Division One sides such as Lisnaskea, Enniskillen and St Patrick’s, Donagh all amazingly fell in the first round and all on the same evening giving the lower graded division two sides a huge fillip that a lower ranked side could finally capture this year’s trophy.
Both these sides will readily admit that at the start of the year, a League final and one Championship win would have been widely regarded as a successful season but they both are now just 60 odd minutes away from capturing a Minor title and spearheading their club into the limelight of youth football once again in the County.
Maguiresbridge (20 years) and Derrygonnelly (10 years) were the last time these sides performed in a Minor championship final so it can be presumed both sides will have nerves as well as a huge chance of creating history.
Maguiresbridge defeated St Joseph’s Ederney 4-06 to 0-08 at the Semi final stage, while the Harps were made work extremely hard and scored 2 injury time points to defeat a stubborn Erne Gaels side in their Semi final before winning 2-11 to 2-10.
Maguiresbridge may go into this game as slight favourites after defeating the Harps in the league on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-14. But in saying that favouritism seems to do no side any good fortune at all in this year’s Championship.
A tight game is in store and no quarter will be asked from either player or management team.
@ Brewster Park,
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 27 Jun 13