Wednesday 25 April 2018

In brief: Club hopefuls face packed schedule

LAST weekend's weather disruption means that some teams involved in the All-Ireland junior and intermediate club finals will play two huge matches within one week.

The semi-finals involving the junior footballers of Fuerty (Roscommon) and Keel (Kerry) and intermediate hurlers of Kilnadeema/Leitrim (Galway) and Youghal (Cork) have been refixed for next weekend, with the finals scheduled for HQ on Saturday week (February 8).

Details of the rearranged games will be announced today.

LENNON RETURN BOOSTS MONAGHAN

MONAGHAN football has been given a lift with confirmation that Ulster Championship-winning captain Owen Lennon is back in training.

Lennon, who has struggled with a back injury and was thought to be considering retirement, has been persuaded to return and made his reappearance at training last week as Monaghan prepare for life in Division 2 again.

With Dick Clerkin and Paul Finlay also returning, it leaves just Tommy Freeman's future in doubt.

Freeman has yet to return to training. After winning a long sought-after Ulster medal, Freeman may have decided that the time is right to bow out.

MCCONVILLE CONCERN FOR ARMAGH'S FUTURE

ARMAGH All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville has warned that survival may be the Orchard County's optimum target in their Division 2 campaign.

"It hasn't really gone well so far. They are reporting a huge amount of injuries. They are training really hard, it just hasn't happened yet," he reflected. "I was at the Armagh-Tyrone game and it wasn't good to look at. Let's just hope there are better times ahead.

"The last thing they want to do is get relegated from Division 2, but that's something that would be quite realistic at this stage when you consider the panel of players they have to pick out of."

Irish Independent

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