Tomás Corrigan scored nine points for Fermanagh in their preliminary round win over Antrim and along with full-forward, Sean Quigley, carries the big scoring threat for Fermanagh, against Donegal on Sunday.
The Dublin-based solicitor hit 1-38 in Fermanagh’s seven games in Division Two of the Allianz League and was the sixth highest scorer in the league over all four divisions.
He is the one man that has the ability to make it an anxious 70 minutes by the Finn for Donegal manager, Fermanagh native Rory Gallagher.
Ironically, as a young boy Tomás studied and watched the Donegal boss sharpen and hone his football skills on the Fermanagh training fields when Tomás’s dad Dom (Corrigan) was the Fermanagh manager.
“When dad was manager we used to be going up to the training sessions with him and kicking the balls back to Rory (Gallagher) and other members of the squad,” explained Tomás.
“It is great now that the two of us are togging out in the Fermanagh kit and representing the county is all we ever wanted to do. It’s all we know and all we ever wanted to do as young boys growing up.”
“When he was playing, Rory was the type of player that everybody wanted on their team, a real smart footballer and could pick out a player with a pass.
“He was the type of player you would want against the modern day tight defences, a clever player and he has obviously used that in his role as a selector with Jim McGuinness and now in his role as manager.”
Tomás was delighted to get the win over Antrim, but he also acknowledges that the performance that saw off the Antrim challenge would be good enough against Donegal.
“It was good to get the win but now we face a bigger challenge in Donegal.
“We have knuckled down over the last couple of weeks and we are looking forward to Ballybofey and Donegal next Sunday.”
And despite the underdogs’ tag Tomás believes that Fermanagh have a chance against one of the top teams in the province over the last five years.
“There would be no point in togging out in Ballybofey if we did believe we had a chance of winning. There would be no point in us making the trek to training during the week and at weekends if we did not believe we could actually win the Ulster championship.
“We are going to Ballybofey knowing that we are going to have to give a performance of averaging nine out of ten for every player and there is no reason why we cannot do that.”
It is these big days that we have been dreaming off and hopefully myself and Ruairi and the whole team give a performance that our work all year deserves and gives the Fermanagh support a reason to get behind us.”
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