By Damian Dolan
Kingdom Kerry Gaels captain Ciaran McCallion has compared the challenge awaiting the London champions at Ruislip on Sunday to that which faced Paul Coggins’ Exiles in the Connacht SFC football final.
On the scale of London v Mayo is how McCallion, the only Derry native on the club’s panel, described Sunday’s task, with Ballinderry cast firmly in the role of Mayo.
McCallion, who played a leading role in London’s All Ireland run to the Connacht final, knows only too well the size of the task that the London champions face at Ruislip if they are to become the first club side from London to reach the semi-finals of this competition.
“It would be like London against Mayo. Ballinderry is a quality side; any club that comes out of Ulster is going to be pretty good, and we’re down to the last five [senior] teams in Ireland in the competition,” he said.
“We’ve our work cut; we probably don’t have the same strength in depth as they have and the only thing going in our favour is that it’s over here.
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