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Tempo look to keep Gaels in check in Fermanagh SFC clash

Johnny Cassidy was a key part of the Enniskillen Gaels team that won the 2018 Ulster Minor Club title and will be a driving force for the Gaels in their Fermanagh SFC quarter-final against Tempo Picture: Seamus Loughran.
GARETH CAULDWELL

Mannok Fermanagh SFC quarter-final: Enniskillen Gaels v Tempo Maguire's (tomorrow, Edenery, 4pm)

The last of the Fermanagh Senior Football Championship quarter-finals will take place tomorrow in Ederney as last year’s intermediate champions Enniskillen Gaels face Tempo Maguire.

On league form, it is Enniskillen who will enter the tie as favourites, the Gaels having reached the league final while Tempo were relegated from Division One.

However, defeat in that league decider against Derrygonnelly will have given the Enniskillen management plenty to think about and also given the Maguire's plenty of hope as they get ready to battle for a place in the last four.

Enniskillen were top scorers in Division One going into that league final and had been scoring goals for fun but they struggled to find a way through a well organised Derrygonnelly defence, only managing seven points in total on the day.

The Gaels will hope that they can learn the lessons from that game and bring that to fruition on Sunday

There is no doubt though that this is a talented Enniskillen side which is backboned by the side that won an Ulster Minor Club title in 2018.

Johnny Cassidy is a driving force from centre half back while in the middle of the park Brandon Horan and Eoin Beacom form a formidable partnership.

And they have a forward line capable of putting up a big score if they are in the mood. The experienced Richie O’Callaghan has played most of his club football at full-forward this year and around him the likes of Conor Love, John Reihill and Callum Jones give them a real cutting edge.

Tempo, though, will know that if they can blunt that attack like Derrygonnelly did, then they will have every chance of coming through this contest.

The Maguire's may have been relegated but the majority of their games were tight contests, including the league meeting against Enniskillen which was only decided in the closing stages as the Gaels pulled away.

Stephen Jackson’s side have a good blend of youth and experience and that experience could play a role on the day as for the nearly all of the Enniskillen players this will be their first time playing in the senior championship while the Maguire's players are used to playing at this level.

Ryan Breen and Conor Foy will be key performers at the back for Tempo as they look to get a handle on the Enniskillen forwards while county man Aidan Breen is an influential figure in the middle third.

Like Enniskillen, Tempo also carry a threat front of goal. Tiarnan Bogue caused Enniskillen problems when stationed at full forward in the league game while Lorcan McStravick is another who is capable of racking up a score. Ryan Ingram is another who Enniskillen will have to be wary of.

An interesting game lies ahead and it may come down to which defence limits the opposition forward line the most to decide the outcome.

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