Lochside Garage

Cullen comfortable with roving commission

Che Cullen might have given an exhibition of the versatility of the modern footballer last Saturday as the number three roamed far and wide on the Wexford Park sward.

However, despite his exploits tracking the Yella Bellies main danger men over 70 plus minutes of tough championship football the Belnaleck man revealed he still remains happiest minding house in front of Chris Snow. 

“It depended who I was marking,” said the Erne full back. “I was meant to be on [Ben] Brosnan and if he was coming out the field then I was meant to follow him, but I ended up on number five [Brian Malone] who came back and swept so Pete told me to go out and push up on my man. 


“It’s a case of getting to grips with when to engage your man and when not to engage him. In the full back line you’re always touch tight, but out there you maintain some distance and then time the run to get close. 

“I didn’t go as far as following him all the way out to their backs. I was used to Michael Murphy playing out the field a fair bit, but I’d be more comfortable in the full back line!”

The margin of the win left the Fermanagh support leaving the sunny southeast with a spring in their step. They might have been a bit more jittery about their side’s prospects at half time when they held a slim one point margin and had to play into the breeze in the second half.

Cullen says any doubts about the ultimate outcome didn’t get much traction in the Erne dressing room at the interval.

“The mood was good. We were in a confident place. We knew that we were sometimes making the wrong decisions under pressure. But we knew that if we started making the correct decisions and clicking and getting up through the gears we had the ability to get the win.

“The wind was a huge benefit and we knew Wexford would make use of it, but I think tactically we did well. We targeted Aidan Breen for a right few kick outs which he won. We built from the back and towards the end I think we did well in killing off the game.

“The main objective was to be in the draw on Monday morning. We know the next team out of the hat is going to be a huge step up in terms of being a division one or two team. We need to knuckle down over the next two weeks and get down to some hard preparation.”

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