Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm the Allianz National League will open for Leitrim in a home game against neighbours Fermanagh. Both teams will be looking for an early opportunity to get established on the League table and get settled into the competition which will span the next 10 weeks.
Leitrim have not annnounced a team yet but will be playing a new team from the one that participated in the FBD League due to a large injury list.
Our biggest change will be in the full back line as John McKeon (Thumb injury) and Michael McGuinness (Knee injury) are out of the equation for a number of weeks. In the Half back line we will be without the services of Barry Prior (Hand injury). This will bring a number of interesting permutations as our defensive substitutes are called on. Adrian OFlynn, Ciaran Kennedy, James Glancy, Gary Reynolds and Stephen Feeney are all likely to be in the mix to fill the three roles as Dermot Reynolds, Shane Foley and Barry McWeeney will probably fill the other three.
The middle of the field will be between the two Bornacoola menÓgary McCloskey and Michael Duignan and Aughnasheelins Niall Murray.
In the forwards section Colin Regan (Calf injury) is also ruled out and Donal Brennan is unavailable for duty. Possible re jigging of the forwards might include Michael Foley, Philip McGuinness, Darren Duignan, David OConnor, Ciaran Duignan or Philip Howard, assuming of course that Emlyn Mulligan, James Glancy or Declan Maxwell have a green light.
Mohills RonanÓgallagher is also on the injury list and Fintan McBrien is unavailable this weekend.
The Fermanagh squad will be eager to impress their new Manager Malachy ORourke as each player fights to concrete their position on the squad and of course the collective team desire will be to carry home the early season points.
Weather conditions on Sunday wont be perfect but at least it is forecast to be the better of the next 3 days and on that note the players and team management are calling on all Leitrim Supporters to fill the stand and make your support heard in Páirc Seán on Sunday.
01-Feb-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO