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Johnston makes his debut for St Kevin's

THE GAA's most long-awaited debut finally came to pass yesterday when Seanie Johnson kicked five points for his adopted Kildare club.

However, that still doesn't make him eligible for the Lilywhites' Leinster SFC opener against Offaly next Sunday.

The former Cavan star settled quickly into the scoring groove as St Kevin's overcame Kilcock by 1-11 to 1-8 in a Division 2 league clash.

But Johnston can only be considered for Kildare once he has played club championship for the Staplestown outfit.

And there is still no firm indication when the second round of the Kildare SFC will be scheduled in the midst of the inter-county season.

Meanwhile, in their first game since Johnston's transfer became official, his former colleagues at Cavan Gaels recorded a facile 0-16 to 0-8 win over Ballinagh in a league Division 1 clash.

Banner ready for 'huge task'

TWENTY years on from their most famous day in football, Clare set up another Munster SFC Final appearance with the province's aristocracy.

It's two decades since the Banner memorably beat Kerry in the 1992 Munster final and they will have an equally enormous task on July 8 when they meet Cork after surprising Limerick by a single point (1-13 to 0-15) at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening.

Ten points up at one stage, the Banner collapsed but somehow rallied to win. After giving up such a comfortable cushion, one which the home side wiped entirely and even edged ahead, David Tubridy hit two late scores to seal a wholly unexpected win.

"All week long we weren't given a chance and rightly so but in the dressing room beforehand we said that, in all the lead up to this game.

"It was all talk of Limerick and let's just make our own little bit of headlines on Monday morning, and that's what we've done," said a delighted Michael McDermott afterwards.

"But a Munster final is not an occasion, it's about trying to win it.

"We know we've a huge, huge task but we'll be going in there and giving it everything we can."