Collins links in with Owens at Teemore

By Niall Gartland

FERMANAGH legend Barry Owens will remain in charge of his native Teemore season, and he will be joined by a new addition to the set-up, namely Tony Collins.

Collins was joint-manager of the Fermanagh u-17 team alongside Raymond Johnston last season. A teacher and manager at St Kevin’s Lisnaskea, he will now join up with Owens at Teemore.

Erne Gaels, who had a super season, winning the Division One title and falling short against Enniskillen Gaels in the senior decider, will be managed against by Seamus Ryder.

It’s expected that Simon Bradley will remain in charge of the Gaels, who bowed out of Ulster with a fairly disappointing defeat to reigning champions Kilcoo last weekend. Nonetheless, they had a brilliant year, winning their first senior championship in the county in 16 seasons. They also claimed a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Gowna in the first round of Ulster before ultimately falling short against an imperious Kilcoo side.

Derrygonnelly have yet to confirm their plans for the year ahead. Mick Glynn’s side lost out in the senior championship semi-final but the vast majority of their players have won multiple Fermanagh championships and they will feel they’ll have another kick in them.

It’s unclear whether Mark Cunningham will stay on at Kinawley, while Sylvester Mulrone and his backroom team of son Barry and Martin O’Brien will remain at the helm of Fermanagh Intermediate champions Devenish.

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