VIDEO WATCH: Irish News Past Papers - Oct 22 1998: James McCartan transfer saga set to end
THE long-running transfer saga surrounding the playing future of Down star James McCartan, is expected to end with a granted transfer to Burren.
The former Tullylish player, who is currently playing rugby with Banbridge, will be high on the agenda of the next Down activities committee meeting.
The Down county board meets tonight and it’s expected then that a date for the next activities meeting will be confirmed.
The county is also expected to announce the appointment of a new captain for the forthcoming National Football League and Ulster Championship campaigns.
It is understood that Ballymartin clubman Paul Higgins may be handed the position.
LAST weekend’s endurance-test semi-finals provided few clues as to who will emerge as Bank of Ireland Mageean Cup champions for 1998.
But despite atrocious weather conditions, some players rose above the elements to show that they can produce the goods when it really matters.
Kevin Grieve, the St Mary’s full-forward, was one such player and he will take some watching by the St Patrick's, Maghera defence which managed to contain another excellent player in Brian Close last week.
Peter O’Kane at centre half-back was a commanding figure for Maghera and the wily Kieran McGourty will need to be at this best to swing the battle with the Banagher lad.
Both sets of midfielders are strong with the clash of Adrian Quigg and Gavin Bell eagerly awaited.
Last weekend Ciaran Herron had one of his quieter games while Eamon O’Kane, his potential direct opponent, worked very hard for others to pick off the scores in Maghera’s victory. Again this will be a duel which could have a crucial bearing on the eventual outcome.
BELLAGHY'S David O’Neill remains a serious injury concern before Sunday’s Ulster Club Football Championship semi-final against Enniskillen Gael's.
He faces a late fitness test on a knee injury while all other Bellaghy players have passed fit. Manager Seamus Burt will name his team tomorrow evening.
Gael’s manager Seamus Doyle said last night that Rory Judge was still having problems with a hand injury and added: “Another player has pulled up with a hamstring injury and I don’t wish to name him. I’ll name the side on Friday but right now there’s a few AN Others.
ARMAGH have confirmed their senior panel for this year’s National Football League.
As revealed by the Irish News last week, Neil Smyth and Martin Toye have retired from intercounty football while Des Mackin is back in the Orchard squad. Armagh’s NFL campaign begins with an away tie in Donegal on Sunday week.
Armagh NFL panel: Jarlath Burns (Silverbridge), James Byrne (Clann Eireann), Mark Campbell (Silverbridge), Paul Dynes (Harps), Paul Hearty (Crossmaglen), Ger Houlahan (Pearse Og), Kieran Hughes (Pearse Og), David Kelly (Clann Eireann), Peter Loughran (Carrickcruppin), Andrew McCann (Tir na nOg), Oisin McConville (Crossmaglen), John McEntee (Crossmaglen), Kieran McGeeney (Mullaghbawn), Paul McGrane (Ballyhegan), Paddy McKeever (Ballyhegan), Mark McNeill (Cookstown), Enda McNulty (Mullaghbawn), Justin McNulty (Mullaghbawn), Martin McQuillan (St Patrick’s), Des Mackin (St Patrick’s), Diarmuid Marsden (Clan na Gael), Philip Oldham (Clan na Gael), Barry O’Hagan (Clan na Gael), Alan O’Neill (Culloville), Aidan O’Rourke (Dromintee), Cathal O’Rourke (Dromintee), John Rafferty (St Gall’s), Gerard Reid (Eire Og), Brendan Tierney (Mullaghbawn), David Wilson (St Peter’s).