Goalkeeper Gallagher returns for Fermanagh

Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke has plumped for Ronan Gallagher between the posts for the Ernesiders' Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Monaghan (Enniskillen, throw-in 4pm).

Fermanagh manager Malachy O'Rourke has plumped for Ronan Gallagher between the posts for the Ernesiders' Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Monaghan (Enniskillen, throw-in 4pm).

Gallagher, who has played out the field for his club St. Gall's, will be making his first championship appearance for Fermanagh in three years.

He had gotten the nod to take over the goalkeeping position - ahead of Chris Breen and Fergal Murphy - with the latter having conceded three goals in last month's NFL Division 3 final defeat to Wexford.

In all, O'Rourke has made three changes to the team that started that 3-15 to 0-20 loss - Gallagher, right corner back Shane Goan and left half-forward Mark Little are the new inclusions.

Team captain Martin McGrath has been pencilled in at full-forward, with Mark Murphy reverting to a midfield role alongside Shane McDermott.

Hugh Brady keeps his place at full-back as two-time All-Star Barry Owen continues his recovery from a minor heart operation.

Interestingly, Glentoran soccer star Shane McCabe is back in the Fermanagh panel and he could be sprung from the bench this weekend.

The Belcoo clubman will be available for Fermanagh until Glentoran's pre-season training regime begins in July.

Ahead of Sunday's Brewster Park tie, O'Rourke spoke of how hungry he and his panel of players are for Ulster success - especially considering Fermanagh have never lifted the Anglo Celt Cup.

"We set out our stall to get promotion (in the league) and we achieved that. Obviously it would have been nice to finish our league campaign with a flourish but we are happy to be in Division Two next season. What we really want, though, is the Ulster title," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"A team is ultimately gauged on what they achieve in the championship. There is no doubt that if we make a meaningful impact on the championship stage, it will reflect better on us, I'm sure of that."

Fermanagh and Monaghan have not met in the championship since 2002 and while the Ernesiders have won the sides' last three SFC meetings, O'Rourke admits Monaghan have recent form in their favour.

"We're going in against a team who reached last year's Ulster final and who nearly got to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland championship.

"They have been playing against quality sides in Division 2 of late in the National League and they will be very fired up (to beat us)."

The winners of Sunday's game will take on either Donegal or Derry in a June 21 semi-final.

FERMANAGH (SFC v Monaghan): R Gallagher; S Goan, H Brady, P Sherry; D Kelly, R McCluskey, T McElroy; M Murphy, S McDermott; R Keenan, J Sherry, M Little; E Maguire, M McGrath (capt), C McElroy.

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