Provincial titles in sight for duo

5 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By KEVIN CARNEY

Ballybofey may have proven a killing ground last Sunday for Clontibret’s Ulster club SFC ambitions but Doohamlet and Corduff press on. They say two out of three ain’t bad and the success achieved by the O’Neills and the Gaels in their provincial intermediate and junior sorties last weekend has again left at least a sizeable part of the county heavily pregnant with expectation. This year’s IFC and JFC winners have both located enough freedom outside of the confines of the county for their supporters to start sniping glances at their respective club annals. In that latter regard, Corduff have form. On October 6th, 2002 the black and amber brigade claimed the county JFC title courtesy of a 0-10 to 0-5 win over Aughnamullen in the county final.

The win over the Sarsfields paved the way for the club’s annexation of the Cremartin Shamrocks-sponsored Ulster JFC subsequently on March 17th.

Gerry Mee, Corduff’s captain this year, was on hand for the tail-end of that provincial club success after returning home from a stint in Australia.

Back then the Farneysiders’ bid for a place in the all-Ireland final was halted by Meath and Leinster champions Nobber.

But even though Corduff cruised into this year’s Ulster JFC semi-finals by dint of their none-too flattering 1-8 to 0-6 win over Naomh Colmcille (Donegal) in Clones on Sunday last, the aforementioned Mee is a planet away from looking at another odyssey to the all-Ireland play-off stages:

“We’re playing Grange in the semi-finals and that’s as far ahead as we’re thinking at the minute,” the sadly crocked Mee declared.

“There’s a fair bit of water under the bridge already this year and we’d like to think we’ve a good run ahead of us yet but we’re not taking anything for granted and it’s definitely just a case of one game at a time.

“We don’t know anything really about Grange other than they’re the Armagh champions but the way we’re playing at the minute, we wouldn’t be afraid of any opposition.”

Mee saw his chances of figuring against the Donegal champions last Sunday jettisoned by an injury he suffered in Corduff’s 1-10 to 0-7 first round victory over Tyrone’s Killyman.

Torn ligaments in his ankle aren’t likely to stop him being available for selection though in Sunday week’s upcoming last four battle with the Orchard County kingpins.

For the match last weekend against Naomh Colmcille, Mee was his team’s water carrier. However frustrating that was, he would have experienced more angst had his team-mates not been on song and on cruise control for practically all of the match.

“The lads were in control of the match from the word go,” the Corduff captain enthused. “It took them 29 minutes to get their first score.

“We had a lot of wides in the second half which wasn’t good and should have won by more than five points in the end but there’s more to come.

Full report in The Northern Standard

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