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Watty Graham's should have too much for Magheracloone

Watty Graham's are hoping Jack Doherty will be available on Sunday 
Michael McMullan

GLEN manager Enda Gormley had his fingers crossed on Friday night as Conor Glass and Jack Doherty turned out for St Patrick’s, Maghera in the MacRory Cup.

Gormley will hope they have come through unscathed so they can line-up for Watty Graham’s against Monaghan champions Magheracloone at Creggan on Sunday.

The Derry champions used all of their experience to oversee a strong Clonduff challenge in the last eight. Ross Carr’s men hit Glen with all they had early on, but the champions didn’t panic. Spearheaded by Ciaran McFaul’s leadership qualities, they eventually ran out 2-11 to 2-5 winners.

Gormley’s hand has been strengthened somewhat, with long-term injury victim Stevie O’Hara back in the fold. His left foot will be a useful tool if Gormley decides to mix things up with a long-range scoring option.

Magheracloone sprung something of a surprise by dumping out Kilcar in the previous round, 0-11 to 0-7, although the Donegal men were without a number of county players: “We were happy with the win, but we’re not really taking a big pile out of it,” said Magheracloone secretary James Finnegan.

The Monaghan champions are managed by James’ brother Paudie and former Monaghan half-back Damien Freeman who, like his opposite number Gormley, will steer the club’s senior team this year. That outing against Kilcar was Magheracloone’s only competitive championship game since winning the county title last July.

In contrast, Glen’s season picked up momentum after their first round win over Slaughtneil in Derry. With their talent pool and the greater experience, it will be a surprise if they are not back in the final.

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