Swatragh boss talks up Glen

16 July 2016; Conor McAtamney of Derry in action against Gearoid McKiernan, left, and Tomas Corr of Cavan during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A match between Cavan and Derry at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Swatragh star Conor McAtamney was one of Derry’s top performers in their qualifier defeat to Tipperary on July 16

Glen’s house is in very good order at the moment.

The Watties have carried their successful underage form through to senior level, so much so that they are in fifth place in division one, just one point behind joint leaders Ballinascreen and the Loup.

Their opponents are Swatragh, who are a bit further back in the league, and according to their manager Peter McKeever are a work in progress.

“We are only putting the foundations on at the moment. We’re not putting the roof on just yet,” the Ballyhegan man said. “This is a work in progress. We are not going to be tearing up any trees this year. We have a three to five year plan.”

Undoubtedly, many in Swatragh would love to get one over the Glen men. As neighbours, the rivalry will pique the interest of plenty of folk in Derry. But McKeever said that most of those will expect Glen to come away with the victory.

“Glen are a team that have been in the media for some time. They have won at minor and u-21 level and have taken Ulster by storm. They have some great new players who have come through this year and they are champing at the bit.

“Enda Gormley has played and seen plenty of football.

“They will go into the game feeling that they are favourites, and quite rightly so. They will feel that it is their time.”

The full interview with Peter McKeever is available in store today or online here.

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