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In The Irish News - Oct 9 1996: Sean McCague and Eamonn McEneaney to fill Monaghan senior roles

Eamonn McEneaney

SEAN McCague and Eamonn McEneaney have been installed as the new joint managers of the Monaghan senior football team.

The two were ratified at a county board meeting on Monday night and will take up the post for the duration of the 1996/97 National League campaign and next year's Ulster championship.

The pair, who are thought to have an open-ended contract, succeed Michael McCormick who stepped down several weeks ago.

And McEneaney, who is the current manager of Monaghan champions Castleblayney, has confirmed he will be staying on with the club for another year.

“I had already made a commitment to continue for another year before the county situation arose, and I don't like going back on my word,” said McEneaney.

He will also be involved with the club throughout the Ulster club championship. Blayney defeated Tyrone champions Carrickmore on Sunday and are due to meet the winners of Crossmaglen v Burren/Gowna on November 3 in the semi-finals.

Former Down boss Sean McGuinness has made a return to hurling management in the unlikely surroundings of the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

McGuinness took his first training session at Jordanstown last night and his appointment is quite a coup for the Poly hurling club.

UUJ hurling president Ciaran Keyes was obviously delighted with the capture of McGuinness.

He said: “We approached Sean last year but he was unable to take on the job at that time, however, Barry Mulgrew and myself asked him again this summer and thankfully he was able to commit to the task.”

Keyes revealed that the affable Sarsfields club man had been offered several county management positions in the past few months, but he preferred to work with the emerging talent in Ulster. McGuinness will have a talented pool of players at his disposal.

The Poly can call on the likes of Colm McGuckin, Ronan Donnelly, Benny Ward and Aidan Mort, with several other prominent players also available for selection.

ST LOUIS, Ballymena continued their good form in the Mageean Cup competition with a 0-14 to 1-6 victory over North Antrim rivals Garron Tower yesterday.

As in previous matches Dunloy's Conor Cunning emerged top scorer with eight points, but St Louis are operating well together as a team and they easily held out the best efforts of Karl McKeegan, Declan McKillop and Thomas Crawley.

McKeegan got the Garron Tower goal. St Louis play St Patrick's Maghera this evening and this game should tell a lot about possible finishing position in the run-in to the semi-finals.

LIGHT-MIDDLE Anthony McFadden, the Donegal “Monk” took just 56 seconds to dispose of Great Yarmouth's Marty Duke at Lewisham (South London), writes Simon-Euan Smith.

McFadden smashed in a left hook to the chin, and Duke, taking part in his 43rd contest, crashed down on his back.

He hauled himself to his knees, and seemed to be following referee Ken Curtis' count – but made no effort to move until the third man signalled “out”.

It was McFadden's fifth win in a row, the third inside the distance – and, according to manager Frank Maloney, his last scheduled four-rounder. “It'll be the sixes and eights from now on,”

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