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McGuckin to return to Errigal Ciaran hotseat

The Tyrone club’s manager will take the reins for their Ulster club semi-final after vacating his position for their quarter-final due to personal reasons.

Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin.
Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin.
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RONAN MCGUCKIN IS set to re-assume the managerial reins for Errigal Ciaran’s Ulster Club SFC semi-final on November 18th after he stepped down from that position for their quarter-final tie last Sunday.

McGuckin vacated his role due to the fact that the Tyrone club were playing his native Ballinderry Shamrocks, who McGuckin won an All-Ireland Club SFC medal with in 2002 when they defeated Nemo Rangers in Semple Stadium.

Due to the close family ties he continues to have with the club with his cousins lining out for the team on Sunday, McGuckin opted not to be involved and assistant manager Tommy McDermott took charge of Errigal Ciaran’s preparations.

There was further intrigue to the game in Healy Park in Omagh when Ballinderry trainer Joe Canavan stepped down from his position due to the fact that he is originally an Errigal Ciaran club man and his nephews Tommy and Darren would have been in opposition to him.

Errigal Ciaran won the game by 0-11 to 0-10 thanks to an injury-time free by Tommy Canavan and now progress to meet either Armagh kingpins Crossmaglen Rangers or Donegal champions St Eunan’s (Letterkenny), who meet in next Sunday’s quarter-final tie in the Morgan Athletic Grounds.

And McGuckin will be at the helm for Errigal Ciaran in that clash as the Tyrone club seek to reach their first Ulster club final since 2002 when they got the better of Fermanagh’s Enniskillen Gaels.

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