St Brigid’s ready for Burren curtain-raiser at Shaws Road

FonaCab St Paul’s Ulster Minor Tournament 

St Brigid’s v Burren, Saturday 1pm throw-in 

By Kevin Herron 

St Brigid’s minor manager Greg Blaney is adamant that there is never going to be an easy match in the St Pauls FonaCab Ulster Minor Tournament. 

The Antrim Champions take on Down winners Burren in the curtain-raiser at the Shaws Road on Saturday afternoon (1pm throw-in). 

The two-time All-Ireland winner is expecting the Antrim v Down pairing to add some spice to the occasion. 

“There is never going to be an easy match in the Ulster Minor Championship” predicts Blaney. 

“You’ve all the different county champions, I’m from Down so there is a bit of spice with that, but no doubt it will be a tough match. 

St Brigid’s celebrate their extra-time victory over Con Magee’s in the County final

The South-Belfast side had a tricky run through the Antrim Championship as Blaney recalled.  

“We’d a tough run through the Antrim Championship” Blaney admits. 

“We’d a few close shaves along the way, particularly against Aghagallon – we beat them by four or five and then beat Cargin by a point in another very tough game. The Con Magee’s game went to extra-time and there was only a point in it at the end- so it was a really tough campaign”. 

The big hope for Blaney is that as many players as possible will continue their development and make the breakthrough into senior level as he explains. 

“The St Paul’s Tournament and has been run successfully for a number of years and we’re delighted to be representing Antrim” Blaney insists. 

“I think it is great for the development of our players, hopefully we’re looking to develop players that represent St Brigid’s at Senior level, and it is our intention that some of these guys will make the breakthrough in the near future. 

“We finished our own Championship in October. We’ve got back into training and we’re looking forward to the start, there is no point in going into the competition if you’re not looking to win it, but we realise that we’re in a very high standard and we’re looking no further than Burren”. 

St Brigid’s captain Thomas Mckenna is looking forward to Saturday’s encounter and expects a tough game with Burren. 

“I can’t wait it” acknowledged Mckenna. 

“It’s definitely one of the preferable draws and an Antrim v Down tie is always one to look forward to. We’ll be expecting a really tough game from Burren”. 

During the draw back in November, FonaCab Communications manager Stephen Anton encouraged the teams to cherish what may be their last games together with their team-mates and this is something that McKenna and his teammates are well aware of. 

“It is something that we’re already aware of as a team we realise that” revealed McKenna. 

“It makes it more special and want it more and it is good that it is the last time that most of us will play in the same team together”. 

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