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Pride the sole prize for Queen's and Fermanagh

Conor McGurk Cup Hurling Group B Round 1 Fermanagh v Down122/12/2018Fermanagh Ryan Bogue v Down P DavidsonPic Philip Walsh

Conor McGurk Cup Group B: Queen's University, Belfast v Fermanagh (today, the Dub, 1.30pm)

PRIDE is really all that is on offer for Queen's and Fermanagh as they meet in the Conor McGurk Cup at the Dub this afternoon.

Opening round losses – both against Down – have ensured that neither side can trouble the final.

Both defeats were heavy with Fermanagh losing by 19 points and the students by 16.

The Erne county had a nightmare start against Down as they trailed 1-9 to 0-1 after the opening quarter.

They did come into it more between there and half-time though and they were just seven points behind when the teams switched sides.

With a breeze at their backs, there were hopes that Sean Duffy and Karl Kehoe's side could reduce the margin further in the second period but Down moved through the gears to ease to victory.

Queen's will look to the likes of Eamonn Conway and the dangerous Ciaran Steele to drive them forward today. Eoin Maguire could also be in line for a start having nabbed two points when introduced early on against the Ardsmen.

Manager Sean McGourty will be more concerned with reducing the mistakes at the back though as both of Down's goals were avoidable in the 2-25 to 1-12 loss.

If they manage to do that, they can earn a positive result ahead of their Ryan Cup fixtures with IT Tralee and Athlone IT.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that Shea Curran will captain Fermanagh in 2019, the player taking over from Ryan Bogue.

The Lisnaskea dual player, who has been playing for Lisbellaw as his own club have been unable to field at senior level, picked up a Lory Meagher Allstar in 2017.

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