Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath rings changes ahead of Laois clash

Fermanagh's Barry Mulrone (right)
Fermanagh's Barry Mulrone (right)

Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath has made four changes to his side from the one that lost to Antrim ahead of Saturday’s qualifier with Laois.

The Erne County have a totally new full-back line in place, comprising of Marty O’Brien, Barry Mulrone and Niall Cassidy. The other change sees Ruairí Corrigan come into the attack in place of Paul Ward.

Derry boss, Brian McIver, has also made a raft of changes ahead of the game against Longford.

“There’s nobody more disappointed than the players that they’re not preparing for an Ulster semi-final this weekend,” said McIver ahead of the game.

“Hopefully we’ve drawn a line under that now. We want to improve on the aspects of our performance from the Donegal game, get over this weekend and push on from that.”

Donegal, meanwhile are bidding to reach their fourth consecutive Ulster final on Sunday when they take on Antrim in Clones, while the Saffrons are looking to reach a first final since 2009.

Antrim were impressive winners over Fermanagh in the quarter-final, surprising many with the quality of their attacking display in what was a thrilling game of football.

Manager Liam Bradley is confident about his side’s chances.

“Donegal are three or four rungs up the ladder from Fermanagh but we are not afraid of them,” he said.

“We will be going in against Donegal and we have to bear in mind that no-one gave us a chance going in against Fermanagh.

“We were being written off by everyone, but I knew that there is a great spirit within this Antrim side. They (Donegal) have achieved a lot over the past two or three years and now we face a big challenge against them.”