APART from Matty Clarke playing for Linfield and Andy Scott being named among the Larne substitutes one could be forgiven for thinking that there was little local interest in the Sadlers Peaky Blinders Irish Cup Final played at Mourneview Park on Friday evening.
But that assumption is well off the mark given that the two men running the line were both Fermanagh and Western Referees’ Association memnbers.
They were FIFA officials Andrew Nethery, from Drumquin, and Adam Jeffrey, from Omagh and both were officiating at their first ever Irish Cup Final. The local pair were assisting referee Andrew Davey with fourth official Jamie Robinson and Jamie Cairnduff as reserve completing the team.
For Nethery, who only took up officiating eight years ago, it was another box ticked on the bucket list.
“I suppose it’s as big as it gets in terms of the local game,” said the popular assistant.
“A lot of people never get the opportunity and who knows it might be my only one.”
That seems unlikely given that the Drumquin man is only 24 and appears to have ambitions to continue running lines up and down the country and further afield for years to come.
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