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Errigal manager laments loss of key duo

Errigal Ciaran will be without two first-choice attackers for Sunday's Ulster Club Championship semi-final against All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen.

Damien 'Daisy' McDermott is suspended, while Caolan Tierney is on holiday. McDermott received a straight red card in the Tyrone side's quarter-final win over Ballinderry, and manager Ronan McGuckin confirmed Tierney is abroad.

"He's on holidays and he's not going to be available. Caolan agonised over it, it was something he had booked over a year ago, a three-week break," said McGuckin.

"I wasn't going to put a block in his way, and he has decided to go, with my full support, but it's a blow to the team."

The Errigal boss is confident that strength in depth will help him overcome the double setback as his side attempts to halt the Armagh giants' drive for a third successive All-Ireland title

"Two players off your first 15, no matter where they are on the field, is hard to replace. But we would consider that we have a fairly strong panel, and we would hope to be able to cope with that," he said.

McGuckin watched Cross demolish Donegal champions St Eunan's last Sunday.

"I was sitting up in the stand in the Athletic Grounds. They were very impressive as usual, but you would expect that from a team going for their third All-Ireland in a row. They're the benchmark, very impressive."

Irish Independent