Back in the Day - Armagh's Justin McNulty in hospital for knee scan - The Irish News, Aug 5 1999

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ARMAGH selectors will be hoping for good news later today when corner-back Justin McNulty undergoes a scan on his knee at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The Mullaghbawn player took no part in training on Tuesday night but county spokesman Paddy Nugent did confirm that the swelling round McNulty’s knee has gone down dramatically.

“We got good news, with the swelling round Justin’s knee reducing a lot since the final. He has gained a lot more mobility in the knee and we will wait to hear news back from his scan.”

Nugent also confirmed that Justin’s brother Enda suffered an ankle injury in Clones but it wasn’t something that was worrying the selectors.

“Enda did take a knock on his ankle, but he did some light training the other night and should be okay,”commented Nugent.

(Enda) McNulty had been receiving treatment on the ankle injury in the run up to the final and was able to play the entire game as Armagh won their first Ulster title in 17 years.

Mark McNeill could well be in line for a recall should Justin not be fit in time for the county’s All-Ireland semi-final date with Meath on August 29.


Soccer: Cross-border clubs’ link up

LINFIELD and Dundalk will announce an exciting new link up between the two clubs at youth level at a press conference at noon today in Windsor Park.

The two clubs are set to benefit by over £100,000 from Co-operation Ireland for the development of the youth squads at Windsor and Oriel Park with the link-up over the coming seasons.

The money is a welcome boost for the two clubs particularly for the cash– strapped border town who have a mere £100,000 budget to play with for the coming season.

Youth Team manager at Dundalk, Tommy Connolly explained that the move comes from the good relationship betwen the two senior sides.

“The relationship at senior level has been very good. We have been fostering that over the last number of years and I would envisage a development of that relationship at youth level over the coming years.”

Connolly would not go into great detail on the proposed plan but said that the plan was “open to everything”, including a group of youth players from Linfield being involved in the school of excellence in Dundalk and vice-versa.

He also hoped that the move would not only benefit the two clubs but the wider community: “I hope that this soccer venture can lead to more co-operation for the good of the whole community.”


Soccer: Celts fans left bare by shortage

CELTIC fans all over Northern Ireland will be left disappointed tomorrow following news that sports shops all over the province have been left short in their allocation of the club’s new strip.

The problem stems from shirt manufacturer Umbro, who have been unable to meet the order demand in time for the launch.

Joe Macklin of Sports Company in the Yorkgate Shopping Centre expressed his anger and disappointment at being left well short of the numbers which he ordered.

“I am not happy at being left so short and I’m sure there will be many disgruntled over the shortfall.”

The sports company owner confirmed that it wasn’t just his store that had been left short.

“From speaking to others it appears that nobody has recieved their full allocation.”

Mr Macklin’s shops have been left short by 50 per cent.

“We have received only 50 per cent of the numbers we ordered from Umbro. It still amounts to a couple of hundred jerseys but still well short of what we were looking for.”

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