Clash of dates hit Cairndhu Barton Shield hopes

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CAIRNDHU’S smooth progress to the semi-finals of the Fred Daly Trophy today at Massereene has had a significant impact on the club’s hopes of Barton Shield glory.
The Co Antrim club has managed to mix and match his season but unfortunately the Barton Shield semi-finals have also been scheduled for today.
“It’s a shame that the dates clashed. Three of the lads, Ryan Long, Stephen Watt and Marc McKinstry played in the last round of the Barton Shield,” said team manager Ronnie Ferguson.
“The young lads will always play Fred Daly when they have the chance to play Fred Daly. They have plenty of years left to play Barton Shield.”
Beaten in the 2011 Ulster final, Cairndhu went one step further last year and Ferguson believes they may be even stronger this term.
“We will actually only lose one off the current squad next year as well,” he said.
“They are still very young. Marc McKinstry, who is 15, has been playing Fred Daly for four years.”
Cairndhu will line up against Belvoir Park this morning with Lurgan facing Foyle in the other semi-final.
As a result the Barton Shield team will be greatly changed for their meeting against Clandeboye today in the foursomes battle at Shandon Park. The other semi-final is a mouth watering tie between Barton Shield experts Warrenpoint and Rosapenna.
The Co Donegal club has been making strong progress at Senior level in recent years but are facing an uphill task.
Rosapenna, who are also through to the last four of the Senior Cup, are led by Irish international Eddie McCormack.

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