The old chestnut club versus county raises its head again

Tom Comack

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The old chestnut club versus county raises its head again

Brian McEniff

Bundoran lost their first game in the league on Sunday away to St Naul’s in Mountcharles.

It was a disappointing result from the club's point of view, although St Naul’s are a good side.
This is not making excuses, but we were short up to eight players. We were down six regulars and then for the second week in a row we were short our two county men, Paul and Jamie Brennan, both nursing injuries.
I also saw last weekend, and again this weekend, a big number of the county squad also sat out games due to injury.
This is obviously a concern for Declan Bonner with the championship game with Cavan only two weeks away from next Sunday.
But it is a concern for most clubs who are battling for league points. It is also clear evidence that the April rule for club football is not working.
I accept injury or the fear of aggravating an injury ahead of the championship is a real concern for players. I also accept that there are different levels of injury. But I do feel players are better off playing football and good quality club football games would only stand to them at county level.
It may be a case that we will have a number of players taking the field against Cavan that will have little or no football played ahead of the game. That is not good.
On the subject of the Cavan game, I feel it is a real banana skin and a game we should be very wary off.
Donegal will be undoubted favourites. But remember Monaghan last year. They got their wings clipped by Down in their opening game after going into the tie as the red hot favourites. There are no certainties in the Ulster championship and Declan needs to hammer that home to the players over the next few weeks
Cavan are going into the game with some momentum after winning promotion to Division One next season. They have nothing to lose.
Back to the St Naul's, Bundoran game. St Naul's Peadar Mogan and Gavin Mulreany were two players that impessed me.