Donemana target further cup glory against Merrion
ANOTHER CUP FOR THE HOLM CABINET BUT LITTLE TIME TO REST
Testimony to the season that Kee's side is enjoying is the fact that they had six senior trophies to play for when they set out in April and although they lost out at Stormont in the semi final of the Ulster Cup, three of the other five are now safely tucked away.
On top of that the league title remains a distinct possibility as well although the club will have a 4-match backlog after this weekend. And then of course there's the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup as Donemana host Merrion in Saturday's semi final.
In normal circumstances the North West side would probably start favourites but as Kee pointed out, these are far from normal circumstances as he prepares for the contest without no fewer than five of his first team panel.
Andy McBrine and Ryan Hunter are long-term absentees as both are in Australia at the under-19 World Cup but the Holm club are also without the McClintock twins, William and Gary as well as William McBrine, all of whom have been selected for the European under-15 championships being held in Guernsey.
Kee said:“We're probably a victim of our own success and as a club we're delighted to see the young lads getting their opportunity. It is fantastic for them to be getting chances like this but we now have to plan for an All-Ireland semi final without half of our first team squad. I honestly don't know at this stage who will come into the side but I would imagine that the likes of Ritchie McBrine, Robert Huey and Kyle Dougherty will enter the equation. Thankfully Ricky-Lee Dougherty is available so that is one positive but we won't be feeling sorry for ourselves and will be going out to win the match. I haven't seen much of Merrion to be honest but I know that we will have our work cut out if we want to reach the final”
To be fair of course the players coming into the Donemana side would have a little bit more experience than those they are replacing therefore it might be no disaster for such a crucial game. The Leinster side boasts quality in the shape of Tim Lang, John Anderson and Dom Joyce among others and they were good enough to beat Railway Union in the final just two short years ago.
It could be quite an occasion at the Holm and probably no bad game either but make no mistake, half a team missing or not, Donemana are far from out of this.