New players get opportunity at Clann Eireann

Clann Eireann in injury crisis?
Eugene Creaney


Eugene Creaney


In his first year in charge of his club's senior side, new Clan Eireann boss Ruairi Lavery will be hoping that an injury list will disappear before the Lurgan side attempt to defend their Armagh title in the late summer.

But the manager says that new players are well capable of stepping in.

"Every club goes through time when players are missing, but we have players from a big squad well capable of doing a job," stressed Ruairi.

Although history making manager Tommy Coleman was forced to line out the Lake Street side without players like Johnny Tarode, Ryan Owens and Rioghan Mehan, the most recent news surrounding the future participation of Armagh rising star Tierna Kelly has been seen as a huge blow.

With the Lurgan side having a lot of success at youth level over the past decade some of the new recruits are having to learn the trade very quickly. With Conor Turbitt, Barry McCambridge and now Tiernan Kelly unavailable, and Conor McConville missing recent games, it is currently not known how long skipper Shay Heffron will be out of action.

The former Armagh defender hasn't played since last season's Ulster club action.

The promising Danny Magee also missed recent league outings.

Clann Eireann would be keen to get the squad back on an even keel before the end of the league campaign. The side play Armagh Harps this weekend in what will be a crucial tie. There is no doubt that the side will again be a force again in the championship.

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