40 NOT OUT FOR EVERGREEN JUNIOR

Donemana 2nd XI will be at the Bleachgreen this weekend for the final of the Qualifying 1 Cup against Eglinton, and for one man in particular the game is of particular significance.

Junior McBrine made his Donemana debut just prior to his 15th birthday in the summer of 1978, at the beginning of what has been the most remarkable of careers.

18 league winners medals, 12 senior cup winners medals, an Irish Senior Cup and Ulster Cup medal, and 35 Ireland caps later, the appetite for success has never waned.

Compared to those achievements you would be forgiven for thinking that the Q1 decider would be a more modest consideration, however the 54-year old isn't having that.

"Playing in a two-day final is great for the club and also for the players. I've been fortunate enough to play in plenty of them and in some great Donemana teams and I'm looking forward to this one as much as any of them.

"I still enjoy playing and when that's the case you can't get tired of playing in finals. "It's a bit tougher physically than it was 40 years ago but it's not stopping me so I'm happy to keep going."

Many felt the Holm side made a mistake by not picking Junior for the senior cup semi-final against Brigade, but it is clear that the player himself just remains happy to play.

Junior will celebrate 40 years of unbroken service to the club that he loves at Ardmore this weekend. In an era when many others of far less ability have spread their wings, he has sat tight, and it hasn't been for a lack of offers.

Very few people would bet against him playing yet another hand at the 'Green over the next few days.