A step into the unknown for Naomh Ultan

Dermot Gallier Naomh Ultan comes out of defence during the Junior A final against Red Hugh's. Photo Thomas Gallagher INDP2809 TG1
Naomh Ultan are flying the Donegal flag in the AIB Ulster Junior Championship this Sunday when they go toe to toe with Templeport from Cavan.

Naomh Ultan are flying the Donegal flag in the AIB Ulster Junior Championship this Sunday when they go toe to toe with Templeport from Cavan.

The game, a quarter-final tie, is in Sean MacCumhaill Park, and is the curtain-raiser to the meeting of Naomh Conaill and Trillick AIB Ulster Senior Club Championship. (Throw-in 12.45 pm)

Naomh Ultan are first-time Donegal Junior champions and are having their first official outing in the Ulster though the did play in the unofficial Intermediate Championship in 2002, after they won the Donegal Intermediate Championship for the second time.

They are league and championship double winners this season. As well as winning the Junior championship they were also the runaway winners of the Division Four League and promotion to the third division for 2016.

In the league they dropped just three points out of a possible 32 and their only defeat was away to Moville, in their very last game when they had the league title already wrapped up.

Their last outing was their 2-6 to 2-5 championship final replay win against Red Hugh’s.

“They celebrated the championship win for a few days,” said Naomh Ultan manager, Brendan McCready, a former British Championship winner with Tir Chonaill Gaels.

“But we have put in two good stints of training over the last two weekends. Like a lot of clubs at this time of the year we have a good few players away from home either working or students.

“We have lads in Dublin, Galway and Kerry and Alan Lyons’s job has moved to England, so Alan is working in London at present.

“But they were all home at the weekend and because of the Bank Holiday on Monday we got two very good sessions done and everybody is fit and well. Sunday’s game is something of a step into the unknown.”

McCready has been boosted by the availability again of one of his regular midfielders Declan Murrin and one of his exciting young forward talents, James Byrne, for the clash with the Cavan champions.

Byrne has completed a suspension that saw him miss the semi-final win over Na Rossa and the draw and replay against Red Hugh’s. Byrne has recovered from injury that forced him to miss the county final replay.