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Back in the day - The Irish News, Dec 20 1997: Joe Kernan linked to vacant Cavan managerial post

Joe Kernan was linked to Cavan job

Joe Kernan was once again being linked with the vacant Cavan managerial position last night.

Cavan chairman Brendan Keaney said earlier this week that he was hopeful the job would be filled before the New Year.

It is believed that the Cavan chairman has held discussions with Crossmaglen manager Kernan within the past 48 hours.

Neither Keaney nor Kernan were available for comment last night. Kernan was at the Crossmaglen club’s Christmas function.

Cavan have been on the lookout for a new manager since Martin McHugh stepped down in the summer after leaving the county to the AllIreland semi-final.

The county thought they had secured a manager in Mattie Kerrigan in October but the former Westmeath boss declined the position at the 11th hour.

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Vocational Schools: St Patrick’s & St Brigid’s, Claudy 3-4 St Paul’s, Kilrea 1-7

AFTER a hesitant start, St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s, Claudy won their third Ulster Bank Derry Vocational Schools U16 title with a hard-earned victory over their great rivals St Paul’s, Kilrea at a wet and slippery Emmett Park, Slaughtneil yesterday. Claudy, who last won the title in 1991, can thank a brilliant defence in which keeper Ryan O’Neill, full back Cailean Creane, centre half Willie McLaughlin and right half Kieran Hagan were outstanding especially in the opening 20 minutes when Kilrea were in control.

Kieran Quigg was a tower of strength at midfield while in attack Sean Curran, Padraig Browne and Kevin McKeegan worked hard.

St Paul’s, having lost to Limavady in the U14 final, fought hard throughout. But after their early burst they failed to take advantage and paid the penalty. At the finish Eamon McSorley from the Ulster Bank presented the Sean Mullan Cup to Claudy captain Willie McLaughlin.

St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s, Claudy: R O’Neill, J Brolly, C Creane, D O’Kane, K Hargan, W McLaughlin (capt), M Doherty, K Sharkey, K Quigg (2-1), P Murphy, P Browne, S Curran (0-2), C Connolly (0-1), K McKeegan (1-0), M O’Neill.

Sub: C O’Kane for P Browne (inj) St Paul’s Kilrea: G Turner, D Quinn, D Doyle (capt), B McAlease, K Quinn, P Doherty, B McLaughlin, J Burke (0-3), K Turner (0-1), E Brolly, M Peacock, J Mooney, S Mullan (1-1), M Quigg (0-1), J McAlease (0-1).

Referee: M Moran (St Mary’s Limavady

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IF tonight’s big fight night runs as smooth as last night’s weigh-in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, then fight fans will get their money’s worth.

All fighters on tonight’s Maysfield Leisure Centre bill, met weight demands. Commonwealth Cruiserweight champions Darren Corbett, who defends his title against English challenger Rob Norton, for the first time, was in relaxed mood.

So relaxed was the champion, he slid into a chair behind a desk at the corner of the conference room and promptly slagged his Glasgow Celtic supporting colleagues. Everton fan Corbett, weighing in at 13 stone 7 pounds, one pound under the limit. Norton, looking somewhat overawed by the surrounds and media hype, came in at 13 stone 8 pounds.

It was rumoured the champion had a heavy lunch yesterday.

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