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A Week May Be A Long Time In Politics But Two Weeks Are Needed In Football

Sunday 30.10.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


Ryan Porter said it and many people believe it that seven days between a county final victory and the first round of the Ulster Club is just not enough time for a team to adjust the focus from county success to provincial challenge. This day last week the Dromore players and supporters were enjoying the feeling of having lifted the club’s third senior championship in five years and the celebrations were enjoyed by all. Today they were trying their best to defeat one of the best club teams in the country and losing narrowly.

Dromore appeared to run out of steam and out of ideas in the second half and they looked like a team that just did not have the necessary focus for this game. Was it that they had been happy enough with another county title or was there some other reason for their laboured display particularly in the early part of the second half.

At times Dromore played some excellent football in spite of their terrible start when they conceded a very soft goal inside the first minute. They even managed to move ahead late in the first half following a fine point from star man Paddy Montague. However when they needed to go to the well again in the second half they appeared to lack that cutting edge and intensity that had taken them to the county title seven days previous.

Surely something can be learned from Dromore’s situation today and the county board can plan accordingly to ensure that no other Tyrone Club champions at any grade are placed in such a situation. If we are serious about giving our clubs the best chances of competing, never mind winning, then let’s make sure that our county champions are given the time to prepare properly. After all county players would not be expected to do it so why should club players?

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