By Niall Gartland
THE postponed All-Ireland quarter-final clash between Ulster Junior champions Denn and St Brendan’s, Manchester is set to take place this Sunday in Crossmaglen.
Cavan representatives Denn are riding the crest of a wave having bagged the county and provincial double, and will be favourites to advice against their opponents from across the water.
Stephen Baxter’s side claimed the Ulster title with a deserved victory over Downings, and they’ll also know they have plenty of room for improvement as their shooting was below par on the day.
St Brendan’s are a well established side and recently won the Lancashire Championship title before going on to win the All-Britain Championship at the sixth time of asking.
They’re a club synonymous with home-grown talent but it was Tyrone native Ryan Devine who held turn the tide in a brilliant comeback victory, while they also have a strong Mayo contingent in their team.
Denn are very much in bonus territory but will see no reason why they can’t progress to an All-Ireland semi-final after navigating a gruelling route to this point. A replay victory over Knockbride in the Cavan Senior Championship semi-final was particularly memorable, and it says something about the confidence within their squad that they managed to become only the third side from Cavan to win an Ulster Club Championship title.
They’re a young side but that certainly hasn’t proven any sort of barrier to success, while Tomas Corr is vastly experienced and is a former member of the Cavan intercounty panel.