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In The Irish News - Mar 10 1998: Armagh set to lose Enda McNulty after Sigerson clash

Armagh heroes Enda McNulty and Francie Bellew (right)

DERRY and Armagh both could be without several regulars in Sunday’s National Football League promotion decider at Celtic Park.

Armagh are certain to be without defender Enda McNulty for the Maiden City clash after the Queen’s student was sent off in Saturday’s ill-tempered Sigerson Cup semi-final against Jordanstown.

His university team-mates Diarmuid Marsden and Barry O’Hagan may also be ruled out of contention for the Armagh side.

Marsden didn’t line out in the Sigerson semi after picking up a groin injury for his county against Longford nine days ago.

Armagh officials were surprised to see O’Hagan coming on as a substitute for Queen’s against UUJ as the county was under the impression that the Clan na Gael clubman had been told by doctors not to play for another three weeks after damaging ankle ligaments recently.

Derry, meanwhile, will definitely be without U-21 star Benny Murray who lined out against Longford last month.

Murray has a torn hamstring while Seamus Downey, who missed the win over Meath is continuing to be troubled by a calf strain.

Joe Cassidy didn’t look 100 per cent fit in the Sigerson final on Sunday after sustaining rib damage a fortnight ago while Colm Coyle’s lunging challenge on Joe Brolly two weeks ago leaves the Dungiven man doubtful as well.

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BELFAST buzzsaw Damaen Kelly could leapfrog over a half-dozen British flyweight contenders if all goes according to Panix plans at the York Hall in London at the weekend.

The 24-year-old Turf Lodge star currently stands at double figures in the flyweight ratings and victory over Sudbury’s Mark Reynolds in a Bethnal Green battle royal would change that dramatically overnight.

But Kelly, brilliant in the international amateur ring, is under no illusions as he contemplates fight No 5.

“This is going to be my toughest fight by far, I know that but I’m ready for it,” said Kelly yesterday.

Kelly has spent the last week in rib-ripping sparring sessions with former Commonwealth champion Peter Culshaw (Liverpool) at the Holy Trinity gym in west Belfast.

The tall Culshaw (12-1-1) put his title up against Adey Lewis’s British flyweight crown last September but lost out in the transaction when Lewis stopped him in 8 rounds in Widnes.

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ANTRIM opened their campaign in the Senior National Camogie League with a spirited performance in Ahoghill yesterday but in the end had to yield to the 1996 All-Ireland Senior champions Galway 2-6 to 2-4. Sharon Glynn was probably the difference between the sides.

Ann McKee gave Antrim a good start with a point in the first minute, but Sharon Glynn had Galway ahead by 1-3 to their point at the end of the first quarter.

An Oonagh Elliott goal pulled the home side back into the game and Caitriona Higgins’ point just before the break gave them a slight edge on a 1-4 to 1-3 scoreline.

As conditions got heavier, Galway rallied and with 10 minutes to go led by 2-6 to 1- 4.

Sinead McMullan then took on a couple of close-in frees and cracked one to the net but it was all Antrim could manage.

Antrim: Karen Coyles, Brenda McCollum, Maureen Barry, Sinead McMullan (1-0), Hannah Healey, Grainne Connolly, Denise O’Boyle, Caitriona Higgins (0-1), Carla Doherty, Grace McMullan (capt), Anne McKee (0-3, all frees), Oonagh Elliott (1-0).

Sub: Ursula Cuthbertson for C Doherty.

Galway: Louise Curry, Tracey Laheen, Ann Broderick, Alva Kelly, Paula Nevin, Olivia Broderick (capt), Michelle Glynn, Carmel Hannon, Martina Harkin, Sharon Glynn (2-5, 0-5 frees), Colette Nevin (0-1), Anne Forde.

Subs: Imelda Hobbins for P Nevin, Anne Hardiman for I Hobbins.

Ref: Eithne Hanson (Derry)

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