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Michael Murphy dishes the dirt on his Glenswilly teammates

Glenswilly take on Ballinderry in tomorrow’s AIB Ulster senior club football final.

Glenswilly's Michael Murphy.
Glenswilly's Michael Murphy.
Image: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

MICHAEL MURPHY LINES out with his Glenswilly teammates in the AIB Ulster senior club football final tomorrow.

They face Derry champions Ballinderry at Healy Park in Omagh where they will be bidding to win their first provincial senior title.

It’s been a great year of performances already by the Glenswilly squad, lead by county star Murphy. But we wanted him to dish the dirt and tell us what he really thinks of his teammates.

1. Toughest?

“Who’d be the hard man? John McFadden probably would be the man there.”

2. Fastest?

“Colin Kelly, Shaggy, would be the fastest. He’s lightning off the mark. Shorty, Brian McDaid, would like to think he’s there or thereabouts as well.”

3. Slowest?

“We’d always be giving Neil Gallagher slagging on this one. Copper, Gary McFadden, wouldn’t be that far behind.”

4. Biggest messer in the dressing-room?

“There’s too many of them. Anyone from Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden to Brendan Walsh. Joe Gibbons and James Pat McDaid would be right up there too.”

5. Most skilful?

“We’ve a couple there. Darren McGinley and Keelan McFadden would be very skilful players.”

6. Most intelligent?

“Eamonn Ward, our full-back. He’s a qualified vet, has brains to burn. He’s the man you’d want to be sitting alongside in the local pub for a quiz.”

7. Butt of the jokes in the squad

“At the moment Leon Kelly is getting quite the brunt of it. The poor fella can’t escape it. He’s a bit of an injury at the moment and lads are giving him a ribbing, it’s no holds barred stuff.”

8. Worst dress sense?

“Again Neil Gallagher gets a bit of abuse in this regard. Although Gary McFadden and our manager Gary McDaid wouldn’t be the best in this regard either.”


Murphy fires to the net during their semi-final win over Roslea
Pic: INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton

9. Worst dancer?

“I’ve seen a couple of moves from James Pat McDaid now, that he’s been pulling in a couple of places recently. It leaves a lot to be desired.”

10. Biggest leader and motivator?

“It would be Ruairi Crawford, he’s a great man to say a few inspirational words

11. Best trainer?

“Ciaran Bonner would be the first in if that counts towards it.”

12. Worst trainer?

“But then it’s Ciaran Bonner when it comes to the training.”

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