Gilligan hoping for competitive charity clash

Conleith Gilligan is hoping for a competitive fixture when the Club All-Stars take on the County Future Stars on Saturday.

Gilligan recently joined the Armagh management team. The former Derry forward, along with Kieran McGeeney, will oversee the County Future Stars team.

“We’ll still want to win it for bragging rights in the changing room,” said Gilligan. “And there’s a bit of craic going already.

“It’ll be competitive and both teams will want to win. “That’s what’ll make it brilliant for the supporters to come out and watch.

“It’s a really competitive, good game of football and there’s lots of good footballers on show. They’ll be under less pressure they’ll be able to show that quality.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to come out and meet players in a less stressful environment,” added Gilligan.

“Normally it’s a league game or a championship game and the players are primed to play the game and they’re not really in that zone.

“It’ll be a good opportunity for that to happen in a nice, calm environment. The families can come and enjoy what will be a really good day out.”

Fanbase

While it’s Gilligan’s first outing in the orange and white of Armagh, he’s well aware of the fanatical interest in the team from the Armagh fanbase.

“You only had to look at the Ulster final this year,” added Gilligan, who played against Armagh three times throughout his career.

“The colour and the noise between Armagh and Derry and the Armagh followers are very, very loyal. They do follow their county everywhere.

“This is a good opportunity for them to see players that are maybe putting themselves in the shop window.

“And I would love for them all to come out in force, it should be a great day and it’s for a great cause.”