Sunday 20 October 2019

Mulligan finally gets to don Leitrim colours in Croke Park

Leitrim star Emlyn Mulligan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Leitrim star Emlyn Mulligan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Long-serving Leitrim star Emlyn Mulligan will be handed his first competitive run-out in Croke Park after being named in the side that takes on Derry in tomorrow's Allianz FL Division 4 final clash.

Mulligan made his debut for the county back in 2008 and while he has lined out at headquarters for a game between the army and the Gardaí, this will be his first run-out there with the county side.

Mulligan has been named at centre-forward while Cathal McCrann has also been handed a start in goal by manager Terry Hyland, who is looking to avenge the round six defeat to the Oak Leafers which came when both sides had already guaranteed their place in final. Goalkeeper Diarmuid McKiernan and Aughawillan's Pearce Dolan are on the bench.

Ryan O'Rourke, who has put down a brilliant spring for the Connacht men, starts at corner-forward for what is Leitrim's first outing at Croke Park since they lost the 2006 Tommy Murphy Cup final to Louth.

Recovered

In all, ten different Leitrim clubs are represented in Hyland's team along with St Brigid's in Dublin, with whom corner-back Paddy Maguire plays.

Elsewhere, Armagh's Oisín O'Neill is hoping to be fit for the county's Ulster SFC opener away to Down on May 19.

Crossmaglen clubman O'Neill didn't see a minute of league action this year as he recovered from a hip injury but he hopes to be ready for the trip to Páirc Esler.

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Armagh consolidated their Division 2 status after gaining promotion last year and turn their attentions to making an impact in the Ulster Championship under Kieran McGeeney.

Leitrim (SF v Derry) - C McCrann; A Flynn, M McWeeney, P Maguire; S McWeeney, S Quinn, R Mulvey; M Plunkett, S Moran; D McGovern, E Mulligan, D Flynn; D Rooney, E Sweeney, R O'Rourke

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