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The Irish News Archive - Aug 13 1998: Derry senior stars to miss International Rules trial

AMONG THE MISSING... Derry’s Joe Brolly, left, who misses Saturday’s International Rules trial game against Connacht
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FIVE members of Derry’s Ulster Championship-winning side have been named on the 31-strong Ulster panel for the Ireland v Australia International Rules series in October.

However none of the Oak Leafers selected (Brolly, Tohill, Lockhart, Coleman and Henry Downey) will be taking part in Saturday’s trial game with Connacht at Breffni Park due to their All-Ireland semi-final with Galway on Sunday week.

Surprisingly, there are only three players from the Donegal side who reached last month’s Ulster final who make the panel.

Donegal manager Declan Bonner reacted with dismay last night that only Tony Boyle, Brendan Devenney and Barry McGowan have made the grade despite some impressive individual performances elsewhere on the team.

Ulster: C O’Neill, M Mulholland (Antrim), D McCabe, P Shiels, T Farrelly (Cavan), M Daly, P Duffy (Monaghan), M Linden, M Magill, G McCartan (Down), T McEntee, D Marsden, K McGeeney, J Burns (Armagh), B McGowan, B Devenney, T Boyle (Donegal), F McConnell, P Canavan, E Gormley, B Dooher, G Cavlan (Tyrone), P Brewster, Raymond Gallagher, Rory Gallagher, P McGuinness (Fermanagh), SM Lockhart, H Downey, A Tohill, J Brolly, G Coleman (Derry)

A DERRY referee has suffered a serious assault for the second time inside a year.

Martin McErlane, who is chairman of the referees’ board in the county, was attacked in his changing room following Sunday’s division one league match between Slaughtneil and Banagher.

Last November, the same referee was officiating on the line the Bishops Cup final at Celtic Park between Faughanvale and Craigbane when he was assaulted by a spectator.

He sustained facial injuries in that incident and was still receiving dental treatment as recently as last month. Banagher won Sunday’s match by a point after the referee awarded the north Derry club a contentious late free.

A Slaughtneil player is reported to have thrown the ball away, prompting McErlane to bring the free forward 10 yards.

Banagher slotted over the long range free, condemning Slaughtneil to their first league defeat of the season.

AS revealed in the Irish News last week, Down hurling manager Frank Dawson is to be named as an interested candidate aiming to fill the vacant Antrim senior football manager’s job.

Also expected to be among others interested are Ray McDonnell, who has managed the team for the past two Ulster Championship campaigns and Dessie Reynolds, a member of the O’Neill’s club in Belfast.

The Antrim county executive is to meet within the next fortnight to discuss the senior football post.

Champions’ League second preliminary round first leg: Celtic 1 Croatia Zagreb 0

CELTIC gave themselves a glimpse of champions’ league football this season with a hard fought 1-0 win over Croatia Zagreb last night thanks to a second half strike from substitute Darren Jackson. Jackson, on for Harald Brattbakk finished off Celtic’s best move of the night with a volley inside the six yard box after the ball had been cleared off the line from a Craig Burley 20 yarder.

And they could have given the Croatians a mountain to climb if Henrik Larsson had been able to finish off a superb Reggie Blinker pass.

Celtic: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Rieper, Stubbs, Larsson, Burley, Brattpakk, Donnelly, Lambert, Blinker

Subs: Jackson for Brattbakk (45),

Croatia Zagreb: Ladic, Pokic, Maric, Juric, Prosinecki, Viduka, Rukavina, D’Sinic, Cvitanovic, Jelicic, Jurcic

Subs: Mujcin for Jelici (75), Simic for Maric (82)

Ref: Jose M Garcia – Aranda Encinar

Attendance: 51,397.

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