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Courtney bags winner during 'good exercise'

Published: 5 Jul 2012 13:000 comments

Fermanagh Milk Cup Premier team manager John Quinn says the weekend team building and win over Hillsborough Boys U19s was an "enjoyable" experience for all the boys and a "good exercise" for the management team.

Fermanagh Milk Cup scorer Johnny Courtney in control of the ball during the win over Hillsborough U19s.

Moreover, the game gave him a chance to get another good look at all his squad and he was delighted to keep the winning run going as his side managed a 1-0 win.

Quinn explained: "The weekend started off with a game against Hillsborough Boys U19s and that went well on a different, hard, lively 3G surface which our boys were not really used to. It was a good workout and it was good to keep the winning run going against a side that is preparing for the Foyle Cup. I was also able to get a good look at all the boys and for long enough to see them all in action. The team building end was also an enjoyable experience and all the boys mixed well and the whole weekend was a good exercise."

With the tournament only just over a fortnight away and with the excitement building ahead of that opener at Ferney Park against Newcastle, Quinn says that the boys will wind down a little over the next two weeks having been training four times per week recently.

They will also have their final warm up game this weekend against Ballinamallard's U19 team that is also preparing for the Foyle Cup.

Sunday's game, played at Queen's Playing Fields against Hillsborough Boys U19 Foyle Cup squad was played in three half hour stints to allow manager John Quinn plenty of scope to change players around and have a look at them in different positions.

Hillsbrough were a physical, strong side but the Fermanagh boys competed well and carved out the better chances. It was still all square halfway through the final stint when Johnny Courtney pounced to give the Fermanagh lads a 1-0 win.

The squad then travelled to Newcastle where they stayed in the excellent Meemore Lodge Hostel and watched Spain win the European Championship.

The following morning after a hearty breakfast everyone headed to Bloody Bridge River to begin the ascent of Slieve Donard led by Fitness Coach Francie Shaw. Unfortunately the weather was very misty so the view was non existent but the boys enjoyed the trek up the mountain and 10 brave souls even ventured into an ice cold rock pool on the descent. After enjoying some food in Newcastle the boys returned home after a successful short break in which they all got on well together to continue their build up to the Milk Cup.

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