Fermanagh hurlers have been boosted by the return of Ciaran Corrigan and Danny Teague to the squad ahead of the Lory Meagher Cup final against Louth which will take place at Croke Park on the weekend of November 28-29.

With the duo’s football commitments ended last Sunday with defeat to Down, manager Joe Baldwin is delighted to have them on board to add to competition for places.

“Danny and Ciaran are fantastic athletes and fantastic hurlers and they have been sitting in the wings since the start of the season. If they can come back in and help our cause and increase the competition for places then that’s good.

“We have the likes of Eoin Cleary who is playing unbelievably well at the minute, Barrie Duffy is coming back to fitness, JP McGarry has rejoined the squad, so there is a real competition for places and bringing Danny and Ciaran in can only enhance that.

“The other thing is that it allows us to play full in house games in training which is important,” said Baldwin.

And Baldwin is pleased that the game will take place in Croke Park. There was an option for the game to go ahead this weekend in a different venue but both counties were keen for the final to played at Head Quarters and opted to wait the extra couple of weeks to allow for that, the final to be played ahead of one of the All Ireland semi-finals.

“My own personal opinion is that national finals should be played in the national stadium, there was a decision to make and overwhelmingly the boys wanted to play the game in Croke Park,” he said.

However, he stresses that it is key for Fermanagh to focus on the game and not the occasion and he expects another tight encounter. Fermanagh edged out Louth by a point in the group stage and Baldwin feels it will be something similar in the final.

“We have to play the game and not the occasion, we have to focus on Louth, not the venue or the pitch. I think it will be a very tight game with one score in it,” he said.