By Mark McGoldrick
DERRYGONNELLY joint-manager Paul Greene is expecting a ‘massive challenge’ from Kinawley in Sunday’s Division One decider.
“It’s going to be a huge test,” said the Harps boss, ahead of the big game.
“It has been a very competitive league. Kinawley has been very dominant throughout and they have produced some great results.
“They just came up short in last year’s Division One League Final and that experience will really benefit them on Sunday,” added Greene.
Derrygonnelly head into the league decider, with eight wins from nine games, and just one defeat against Belcoo on Friday.
“Like every year, the league has been very competitive and every game was a hard-fought match,” said the Harps joint-manager.
“The league is always beneficial for giving players, especially the younger players, some game time and every club has maximised that.”
Derrygonnelly and Kinawley met in round four of the league, with the Harps winning 1-16 to 0-10, at Canon Maguire Park, but he believes that this encounter will count for very little on Sunday.
“The game was played early in the league and both sides were missing a number of key players that day,” said the Derrygonnelly man.
Greene is joint-manager of the team with Sean Flanagan, who will not be on the sideline on Sunday as he completes a four-week ban after being red-carded in an earlier league game with Belnaleck.
This aside, the Harps boss is expecting a very difficult challenge from Kinawley and he feels that it will be a hard-fought game in Brewster Park. “Kinawley are one of the top teams in the county and their recent results really prove that,” said Greene.
“They (Kinawley) have plenty of experience throughout their team and some very good and talented young players as well.
“We’ve always enjoyed some good, competitive games against Kinawley and I’m sure Sunday’s will be no different,” he added.