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The Irish News Archive: July 16 1998: Donegal veteran Barry McGowan keeping cool ahead of Ulster final

Pointing the way...Donegal manager Declan Bonner and Barry McGowan talk tactics at a team training session in Ballintra...
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THERE is little happening in the build-up to an Ulster football final which can ruffle Barry McGowan’s feathers.

Perched on the bonnet of a car in Ballintra, Donegal after a light training session, he has not yet even broken into a sweat.

Thoughts of marking Joe Brolly yet again are not playing on his mind, the hype which has the younger contingent starry-eyed almost bores him.

Instead he wants to have some fun and reverse the tables to become interviewer.

After the initial jibing, eventually McGowan begins talking about how Declan Bonner has pepped up the Donegal set-up this year.

He stops abruptly, unable to resist the opportunity to have a laugh.

“Hey old man, I hear you’ve been trying to do away with yourself.”

He is shouting over at his former manager and friend Brian McEniff.

McEniff was involved in a nasty car accident the previous week and is walking gingerly across the car park.

“You can come down to Killybegs, we’ll do that for you any day.”

McEniff grins and mutters something about being sore all over.

“He’ll be alright anyway.”

McGowan watches him carefully lower himself into the passenger seat of a waiting car.

“He’s got out of tighter corners than that in his time.”

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A BATTLING display by Monaghan was not enough against a very polished Kildare, who ran out 1-17 to 3-3 winners in this entertaining semi-final in Navan yesterday evening.

Monaghan played most of their hurling in the second half when they pinned Kildare back for long periods but a failure to convert a number of good chances and a lethargic display in the first half left them with too much to do.

Kildare: P Ryan, P Brennan, R O’Malley, A Carr, S Brennan, R Spain (0-1), A Walsh, N O’Callaghan, A Flaherty, M Bennett, T Carew (0-5), A Dunney (0-4), B Byrne (1-3), T Spain (0-2), J Glesson (0-2)

Subs: D Brennan for B Byrne, A McAndrew (0-1) for T Spain, P Hogan for M Bennett.

Monaghan: M McHugh, P McEntee, D Bolger, J McHugh, M Hanratty, D Connolly, W Byrne, P Kelly, M Kelly, C McEntee, G Sullivan, J Greene (1-0), D Mulligan (1-0), R Woods (1-3), P Callan

Subs: P McKenna for P Callan. Ref: G Devlin (Armagh). Gaelic Gam

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THE Irish team departing Monday July 27 for the Junior European Championships in Antwerp is as follows: Coach: Carol Walsh; Team Manager: Don Mahon; Swimmers: Niamh Crawley (Claremorris), Leonore Kelleger (City of Cork), Muiris Reidy (Trojan), Andrew Bree (Ards), Mark Craig (Ards), Michael Williamson (Lisburn), Donal O’Neill (King’s Hospital).

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ONLY two local based players have been named on the Northern Ireland U18 squad to play in the Milk Cup in Coleraine next week. Aongus Martin of Newry Town and Matthew Kerr of Ballymena United have been included in the 18-strong squad which will compete in the U19 section of the tournament.

Northern Ireland U18 squad: I Martin (Newcastle Utd), J Convery (Celtic), G Macklin (Newcastle Utd), G Simms (Wolves), J Dolan (Millwall), S Holmes (Man City), S Carson (Rangers), K Loughran (Crystal Palace), G Hamilton (Blackburn Rovers), A Morrow (Northampton), G Haverow (Wolves), M Kerr (Ballymena Utd), G McCann (West Ham), J Topley (Blackburn Rovers), T McCann (Leicester City), W Feeney (Leeds Utd), J Hutchinson (Mansfield Town), A Martin (Newry Town).

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IRELAND’S former World champion Barry McGuigan yesterday called for boxing security guards to be given the power to bar drunks and obvious troublemakers at the door.

The ex-WBA featherweight king, who was present with three of his children at Tuesday night’s Reading riot, is urging a stop-it-before-it-can-start policy.

McGuigan also believes that patrol guards should be given the freedom to move amongst the crowd to douse potential flashpoints.

“It’s difficult to stop troublemakers, they will get through the net from time to time,” said McGuigan, who summarised for Sky TV during Geoff McCreesh’s violently-interrupted British welterweight title defence against the Welshman Michael Smyth.

“If guys are really drunk when they walk in, and it’s obvious they are intoxicated, vigilant and alert people at the door should be able to stop them.

“They (security guards) should say ‘this guy is drunk, we can’t let him go in. It could incite a riot.’ They should have the powers to do that.

“We need to have mobile security men, may be half a dozen to walk round and say ‘guys stop this, cut it out.’

“Or even the power to say you are not drinking any more. If you remove them, you will prevent trouble.

“But the night shouldn’t be spoiled for those supporters who want to have a glass of beer and enjoy themselves.”

The fight, won by McCreesh in seven rounds, climaxed with a chairt-hrowing battle between rival supporters.

The blood-stained wooden floor told the sad story

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