The Irish News Archive - Aug 10 1998: Enda Gormley gives eight good reasons for Derry first team spot

Derry's Enda Gormley shoots for goal despite an attempted block by Armagh's Martin Toye
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Senior Football challenge: Derry 3-16 Ulster Select 1-12

DERRY’S preparations are going nicely for their All-Ireland semi-final clash, but veteran attacker Enda Gormley has given them a major selection problem as they prepare to take on Connacht champions Galway.

Gormley pressed home his claim for a starting role with a cracking display against his county colleagues as Derry were given a stiff examination by an Ulster selection yesterday.

In the end the provincial title-holders ran out 10 points winners (3-16 to 1-12) of a game which marked the official opening of Pomeroy Plunketts magnificent new facilities in the heart of Co Tyrone, and Gormley’s eight points haul for Ulster came as a welcome bonus on a most satisfying afternoon.

The Ulster champions fielded virtually a full strength side against an Ulster select made up mostly of Tyrone and fringe Derry players. Seamus Downey, with a goal and three points, and Joe Cassidy, who scored four, looked sharp and hungry, and manager Brian Mullins will have been particularly pleased with a powerhouse midfield performance from Anthony Tohill, who also kicked a handful of long range scores.

But the Derry management will perhaps ponder longest on the form of Enda Gormley, who came out of retirement just a couple of months ago.

It was a Seamus Downey goal which helped Derry to a 1-6 to 0-6 interval lead, and they eased comfortably ahead after Benny Murray drilled home a second goal five minutes into the second half.

But Stephen McLarnon pulled a goal back for Ulster, before Gary Coleman slotted home a Derry penalty in the closing stages.

Derry: S O’Kane, K McKeever, J McBride, P Diamond, G Coleman (1-0), H Downey, P McFlynn, A Tohill (0-4), R Muldoon (0-1), B Murray (1-0), D Heaney, E Burns, J Brolly, S Downey (1-3), J Cassidy (0-4).

Subs: G McGonigle (0-1) for Brolly, S McGuckin (0-1) for Burns.

Ulster Select: O McCluskey, G McElroy, A Nugent, E McKeever, D O’Neill, J Quinn, J McGurk, F Gormley, G Doyle, C Scullion, B Gormley (0-1), B Dooher, E Gormley (0-8), S McLarnon (1-0), C Higgins (0- 3).

Subs: G Cassidy for Higgins, F McCusker for Quinn, A Heaney for McKeever.


THOSE ageless warriors Noel Hegarty and Manus Boyle were simply a class apart as Glencolmcille and Killybegs booked their semi-final slots after defeating Four Masters and Dungloe at the weekend.

Hegarty hit 0-5 from play against the youthful Joyce McMullan-inspired Four Masters at a drizzly Fintra as Glencolmcille ran out 1-11 to 1-8.

Star Killybegs full-forward Manus Boyle slotted over 1- 8 as the Fishermen overwhelmed a pallid Dungloe side 1-14 to 0-7.

Glencolmcille scorers: P Gillespie (1-3); N Hegarty (0-5); S Carr (0-1); P Carr (0-2)

Four Masters: N Espey (1-1); J Carr (0-4); D Monaghan (0-2); D Dunion (0-1)

Killybegs: M Boyle (1-8); M Boyle (0-3); B Cunningham (0- 1); B McGowan (0-1); J Ban Gallagher (0-1) Dungloe: T Boyle (0-3); M Clerkin (0-2); A Sweeney (0-2)


DEVENISH defeated Derrygonnelly by a single point (1-9 to 1-8) in the replay of the Fermanagh Senior Football Championship at Irvinestown yesterday in the first of two games at the ground.

They go on to meet defending champions Newtownbutler in the semi-final.

In the second game Enniskillen defeated Lisnaskea, 1-10 to 0-11, and will meet Teemore in the second semi-final.

Devenish scorers: M Gallagher (0-3), A Coyle (1-1), A McGoldrick (0-2), F Maguire, S McCann, B O’Brien & K Coyle (0-1 each).

Derrygonnelly scorers: K Cassidy (1-3), G Greene (0-3), S Flanagan (0-2).

Referee: Martin McBrien (Derrylin)

Enniskillen scorers: R McCabe (1-3), T Brewster (0-5), A Burns (0-2).

Lisnaskea scorers: S King (0- 8), T Maguire (0-3)

Referee: Eamon McPartland (Belcoo)

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