Killybegs’ prospects of winning the Ulster Club Senior League have suffered a setback with the non-availability of David Conwell and Jason Noctor for this afternoon’s final meeting with Ballinderry in Faughanvale, throw in 1.45pm.
The dual stars also play for St. Catherines FC in the Division One of the Donegal League and are playing in a top of the table clash with Rathmullan Celtic at Flagpole Park this afternoon.
“It is disappointing not to have them, but I also understand their predicament. They have been playing with St Catherine’s all season, and tomorrow’s game is an important tie for them and their season and as much as we would like to have them I understand their situation,” Killybegs manager Joe McBrearty told Donegal on Sunday last night.
“We have a lot of football to play and hopefully we will have a few more big games and once the soccer is over they have committed 100% to the Gaelic and we will be delighted to have them. They are two very important men in our set-up and there always has been good co-operation between the two clubs.”
With Christopher Murrin and Daniel Breslin also out through injury, the loss of Conwell and Noctor is a huge blow to Killybegs’ prospects against one of the giants of Derry and indeed Ulster club football. Barry Cannon was a doubt and although he too is involved with St Catherine’s he will be wearing the red jersey this afternoon.
“Ballinderry are a big side and one of the top teams in Ulster and while we could do with having everybody, they will be without their county players so they will not be at full strength either. So we are still confident that we will give a good account of ourselves and really, as I have been saying all along, the Ulster League is for getting ready for the All-County League next weekend.”
Other than the aforementioned quartet McBrearty has reported a clean bill of health and will still field a strong starting 15.