Big Neil's absence is a major worry


Big Neil's absence is a major worry

First off, it was good to see the club championship getting underway at the weekend with a full round of games in the Senior and Intermediate Championships.

I suppose, with the exception of Ardara’s win over Glenswilly, the rest of the games went along predictable lines.

When I’m on the Ardara v Glenswilly game, it is worrying to hear that Big Neil Gallagher didn't feature for Glenswilly. He has little or no football played this season and with the championship game with Fermanagh less than a month away, he is in a race against the clock to make that game. At this stage, one would have to assume that he will not be fit for that game.

It was also worrying to hear that Michael Murphy picked up an injury in yesterday's tie, and Paddy McGrath did not return for the second half.

It is not the kind of news we want to hear so close to the game. Hopefully, they will be all fit to face Fermanagh.

I was at yesterday's game in Brewster Park where Fermanagh beat Antrim.

They were comfortable winners against what was a poor Antrim outfit.

Nevertheless, I was impressed with Fermanagh and their first half display. They were very good in the opening half but were no great shakes in the second half. In fairness to them they hadn’t to be, as the game was as good as over at half-time.

Thomas Corrigan scored nine of their 12 points and is a dangerous forward and will take marking. Sean Quigley scored 1-1 but wasn’t as good as he normally is and was well enough marked.

They play to a system and attack in straight lines with men running off the shoulder at pace. Pete McGrath has them well organised. I feel we should have a little too much football for them but they must not be underestimated.

I was in Dungloe with Bundoran on Saturday night. But before I reflect on the game I want to say I was very impressed with the new clubhouse. It is a fine facility and it's hats off to all in the club on the development. It's right up there with the any of the top facilities in the county.

We were well looked after and catered for off the field and got a right good whipping on the field.

Dungloe won both games and I have to say, I was really impressed with what is a very young senior Dungloe side.

They were the better team and Bundoran have no complaints. Tony Boyle is obviously doing a good job.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack