Drumlane to monitor fitness of star man Connolly

By Michael McMullan

DRUMLANE manager Martin Dunne said he will monitor captain Ryan Connolly’s ankle this week ahead of Saturday’s Ulster final showdown with Tyrone champions Stewartstown in Clones.

Connolly hit 1-46 in Drumlane’s march to this weekend’s decider including their winner against Arva, deep in stoppage time, in their 1-12 to 2-8 county final win.

After stellar performances against Craigbane and Clones, Connolly had two points his name before being replaced by Gary Tubman at half-time in Sunday’s 13-point semi-final win over Newtownbutler.

“He went over on an ankle and we didn’t want to risk him,” Dunne told Gaelic Life. “We’ll monitor it this week and see how it is.”

Drumlane were 1-9 to 0-5 ahead by the time Connolly was replaced, but with an unbeaten and free-scoring Stewartstown on the horizon this weekend Dunne will be hoping his star attacker has fully recovered.

Cavan champions Denn won the Paul Kerr Cup last year with victory over Downings, while the title hasn’t been in Tyrone hands since Rock’s 2016 success.

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