Under 21 preparations going well

Fermanagh u-21 manager Vinny Connolly is confident ahead of the Ulster championship.

Fermanagh u-21 manager Vinny Connolly is confident ahead of the Ulster championship.

Fermanagh’s under 21 squad have been in steady preparation for their mid-March Ulster championship clash with Omagh.

Over recent weeks they have had two challenge games against Sligo and Down, winning the former and losing out to the Mourne side.


“Certainly we are better prepared than was the case last season,” said manager Vinny Connolly.

Last year Connolly was appointed late to the position but he has had a better run-in this time around and the squad have been together since before Christmas.

This Wednesday another challenge meeting with Sligo has been pencilled in, the venue being either Enniskillen or Derrygonnelly while on Saturday they travel to Celtic Park to face Derry.

A number of the panel are currently featuring on the county senior set-up, among them defenders James Allen from Kinawley and James McMahon from Roslea. Also on board are forwards Eoin McManus and Eddie Courtney.

Last season Fermanagh faced a very difficult test in Ballybofey and after a promising enough opening quarter were well beaten.

There has been no change in fortune this year as far as the pairing goes with the side having to travel to Omagh to tackle Tyrone.

But as already noted the preparation this Spring has been much more satisfactory and while Connolly acknowledges the difficulty of the task ahead he is confident that a strong performance can be delivered.


Elsewhere Monday saw the GAA unveil EirGrid as the new sponsor of the u-21 football championship. Part of the sponsorship package will see the best 21 players of the championship being recognised in the EirGrid U21s Awards

EirGrid U21 Football All-Ireland Championship Fixtures

Ulster U-21 Football Championship
All games throw-in at 8pm.
11th March
Ulster preliminary round
Derry v Down

Ulster quarter-finals
18th March
1. Tyrone v Fermanagh, Healy Park
2. Antrim v Armagh
3. Donegal v Cavan, MacCumhaill Park
4. Monaghan v Derry/Down

Ulster semi-finals
1st April
QF1 v QF2
QF3 v QF4

Ulster Final
8th April
SF1 v SF2

All-Ireland Series
18 April
All-Ireland semi-finals
Connacht v Ulster
Leinster v Munster

2 May
All-Ireland final
SF1 v SF2

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