St Enda’s to edge it-weather permitting

Ulster Intermediate Club Hurling Final

St. Enda’s Antrim v Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon

1-00 pm Celtic Park

Those who made the long journey to Dungiven last Sunday will be hoping for better luck when they travel even further tomorrow for the rearranged Ulster Intermediate club final. Players and supporters of tomorrow’s finalists, St. Enda’s Glengormley and Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon travelled to Eoin Beg six days ago only to be told at the 11th hour that the pitch was unplayable.

Many were unhappy that a decision wasn’t taken earlier last week but with the weather descent over the last couple of days fingers are crossed that tomorrow’s game goes ahead.

Little will have changed since last week to affect the eventual result though both sides will probably argue that a better playing surface will suit their respective sides. Like last week the Hightown side will start as favourites and under new manager, Terence ‘Sambo’ McNaughton they have had a great season, winning division 2 of the Antrim league before going on to complete the league-championship double.

Eoghan Ruadh however have benefited greatly from playing in the same Antrim division 2 league and while they were a fair bit behind tomorrow’s rival at league’s end they are a side who have improved steadily as the league progressed.

Antrim man, Colum McGuinness is at the helm in Dungannon for the second time and is regarded as a top coach by the Tyrone club and indeed further afield and his knowledge of St. Enda’s will be important if they are to collect the Intermediate title tomorrow.

Last week we tipped St. Enda’s to add the Ulster Intermediate hurling title to the Intermediate football title they collected last year and nothing has happened in the week that has elapsed since to change our mind but if Damian Casey and Co can produce their best form then it could be mighty close.

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