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The Irish News - Nov 4 1997: Eamonn McCaffrey return will boost Errigal Ciaran GAA team

EAMONN McCaffrey is expected to return to the Errigal Ciaran team for Sunday’s AIB Ulster Club Football decider against Dungiven.

Tyrone forward McCaffrey missed the semi-final success over Crossmaglen because he was on honeymoon. However, despite Errigal Ciaran’s magnificent win over the All-Ireland club champions,

it is inconceivable team managers Martin McElkennon and Paudge Quinn will leave out McCaffrey for Sunday’s match.

With Fermanagh countyman Malachy O’Rourke definitely unavailable because of a dislocated shoulder, the Errigal Ciaran managements have a vacancy to fill in the defence.

One of the Tyrone champions’ half-forwards against Cross could drop back which would allow McCaffrey to take his place in the attack.

Alternatively, Michael McGirr may be drafted into the defence with McCaffrey’s availability possibly putting pressure on his brother Martin, or Seamus Mallon to hold their places in the half-forwards.

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CAVAN chairman Brendan Keaney has admitted the county are unlikely to appoint a football manager before Sunday week’s NFL clash against Tyrone.

The county will go into the Breffni Park match in something of a crisis after losing their opening two league clashes against Kerry and neighbours Monaghan.

Former Westmeath boss Mattie Kerrigan shocked the Cavan board on Friday evening when he announced he had stepped down from the Breffni position after only being appointed the previous Saturday.

Kerrigan cited “personal reasons” for his decision.

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LIVERPOOL captain Paul Ince has promised a ‘death or glory’ battle to save the Anfield club from European disaster.

The Merseysiders go into their Uefa Cup clash at home to Racing Strasbourg tonight 3-0 down from the first leg, and to progress in the competition they will have to create club history by pulling back a three-goal Euro deficit for the first time.

But a defiant Ince said: “We know what we have to do, we will give everything we have, then you never know what might happen.”

“We need an early goal, of course, and we have to keep it tight for the first period certainly. “An early goal for them would finish the tie. But if we can be sensible and not concede anything early, we will be able to kick on from there”.

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Former Leicester City captain Matt Elliott

 

LEICESTER defender Matt Elliott has turned down Northern Ireland in favour of a possible World Cup finals place with Scotland.

Craig Brown has named Elliot in the Scottish squad for the friendly match against World Cup hosts France in St Etienne on November 12.

The Leicester man is also qualified to play for Northern Ireland as well as his native England but he has elected to throw his lot in with the Scots.

Brown has followed 29-year-old Elliott’s progress closely since the defender’s £1.6m move from Oxford to premiership Leicester last season.

Roehampton-born Elliott faces Wimbledon the Monday before the French game, but it has been cleared for the player to travel the following day.

Elliott has proved a revelation at Filbert Street and is lined up to be in contention for his international debut against the World Cup hosts.

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