Ballinderry to provide plenty to think about

Ballinderry to provide plenty to think about
Ballinderry, the twelve times Derry champions and former All-Ireland winners, are Glenswilly’s final opponents.

Ballinderry, the twelve times Derry champions and former All-Ireland winners, are Glenswilly’s final opponents.

They have just completed a three in-a-row of Derry championships and are bidding for a third Ulster crown. They have played three games to date in Ulster, defeating Clonoe, Tyrone (in the preliminary round) and they followed that up with victories over Scotstown, Monaghan in the quarter-final and Kilcoo from Down, in last Sunday’s semi-final.

Former Donegal manager Brian McIver, the man that drafted Michael Murphy into the Donegal senior squad while still a minor, was manager when Ballinderry won the All-Ireland Club Championship in 2002. McIver also appointed Neil Gallagher, Donegal captain, and he went on to captain the county’s one and only Division One NFL success.

Enda Muldoon, a former All-Star midfielder, is the most decorated and best known player of the current Ballinderry squad.

Muldoon, who has been restricted to a sub role right through this championship season, is one of four survivors from the 2002 All-Ireland winning side.

The other three are Niall McCusker, Kevin McGuckan and Conleth Gilligan. Midfielder Kevin McGuckan, sent off against Kilcoo last weekend, is appealing the suspension.