THE UNDERDOGS

19 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Kevin Carney says  Fermanagh football legend Peter McGinnity spent many seasons fighting the good fight. He believes a lot has to go right though for an upset to happen at Kingspan/Breffni Park this Sunday.

On Sunday next at Kingspan/Breffni Park, Peter McGinnity will be more than an interested observer as Peter McGrath attempts to orchestrate the mother and father of championship upsets.

The Roslea native watched with interest as Donegal guillotined Armagh’s Ulster SFC hopes last Sunday and believes that the result only served to underline the task facing his native county against Monaghan in this weekend’s provincial semi-final at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

“Realistically, Monaghan should go through to the final because of the form they have shown all year in the national league,” the Roslea native opined.

“To be honest, from a Fermanagh perspective, I didn’t like what I saw at the Athletic Grounds in the sense that it wouldn’t inspire confidence for this Sunday.

“I think the game brought into sharp focus the difference between a division one side and a division three side even though Armagh are probably better than they showed.

“The game showed that Armagh might get away with certain mistakes and weaknesses in division three but when they come up against a division one team, it’s a different story.”

And yet McGinnity is wont to espouse the notion that anything can happen in championship football, no less a derby duel where banana skins abound.

Back in 1982, the strapping McGinnity was a colossus on the Fermanagh senior team that shocked hot favourites Tyrone in a great Ulster SFC semi-final joust at Kingpan/Breffni Park.

That day, the slanting rain and howling rain seemed to suggest the Gods were on Fermanagh’s side.

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“While I do think people are inclined to underestimate how much the weather conditions can influence a game, I’m not sure whether a wet, dirty afternoon, in itself, will be of huge benefit to Fermanagh.

“There again, would Conor McManus be glad to hear a howling wind and look out his bedroom window on Sunday morning and see it bucketing down?

“Some say that bad weather and a difficult pitch…

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