McDermott out but O’Rourke hopeful for Doherty and Convery

By Michael McMullan

GLEN manager Malachy O’Rourke is hopeful that duo Jack Doherty and Conor Convery will be available for selection for Sunday’s showdown with Scotstown.

O’Rourke also backs Danny McDermott to come back “bigger and stronger” after undergoing an operation on a collar bone injury sustained in their semi-final win over Naomh Conaill.

“Danny had his operation on Saturday and came through it well so now it is about recovery,” O’Rourke said.

McDermott, just days overage for this year’s Derry’s All-Ireland winning minor team, impressed when he got his chance in the league and nailed down a spot in O’Rourke’s championship plans.

On top of missing out on Sunday’s decider, his MacRory Cup campaign with St Patrick’s, Maghera looks in doubt but he remains in “safe hands” with medical personnel and Glen’s physios.

“He had a brilliant year and was really enjoying it,” O’Rourke added. “It’s disappointing to be missing out, it is a massive thing for an 18-year-old but the important thing is that the injury is well looked after. He’ll come back bigger, better and stronger and that’s the most important thing.”

With McDermott gone from Glen’s plans, O’Rourke had more positive news on duo Doherty and Convery who missed the semi-final with injury.

“We are hoping they are close,” he said of their chances of lining out on Sunday.

“They picked up injuries and the last day was a bit early for them so we’ll have to wait and see how things go towards this weekend.

“The two lads have put in massive work and did massive jobs to get us to this stage.

“We’ll give them every chance and right up until the game itself and we’ll be hoping they’ll be available…it’s a matter of time.”

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