Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Championship Group A

Bundoran v Burt, Sunday, Gaelic Park, 3pm

This is a clash of clubs from opposite ends of the county and the home side must be warmly fancied or victory.

Many in Bundoran feel they were very lucky to be relegated from Division One last season.

And they have torched their way through Division Two and are already guaranteed promotion (update this Chris)

Francie Martin’s men are a strong physically imposing side and also have a few very good scoring forwards.

And the return of Jamie and Paul Brennan has given them a great boost when they really need it.

Both are major players and certainly add some real skill and steel to their efforts.

But Bundoran also have scoring threats from the consistent Gary Clancy who can score from play and frees, ageless veteran Tommy Hourihane and Cian McEniff.

The McCaughey brothers, Niall Dunne, Shane McGowan and Peter McGonigle give them a huge physical presence while Paul Murphy and Michael McEniff are all key performers.

Burt are in Division Three,  but have always reserved their best form for the championship.

And they gave St Michael’s quiet a fright a few years ago.

This small feisty club has a number of dual players with loads of hardy hurlers on their books.

They are well used to winning county hurling titles so are well used to big occasions.

And that confidence and resilience is also stitched firmly in the psyche of their


The versatile Mickey McCann has been a great dual servant as has Joe Boyle and Ciaran Dowds for many years.

And the McDermott clan is just as nifty at the big ball also.

Burt will come to Bundoran with nothing to lose and have always relished a physical battle.

In Paul McHugh they have a very talented player of the future and he can score from any angle.

But it is very hard to look past a highly focused Bundoran side.

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