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Ardboe Enter Paul Mc Girr Tournament

Thursday 24.10.2019
Team Talk Mag
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Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament

Ardboe (Tyrone) v Ghaoth Dobhair (Donegal)

The last quarter final in the Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament at 2:15 on Saturday features two teams making their maiden appearances in the showpiece tournament, but going on their successful seasons so far both will have eyes on the coveted Ulster title.

Tyrone champions Ardboe who only last weekend defeated a fancied Donaghmore team to claim the Tyrone title will come into the contest off the back of a very tough campaign which should stand them in good stead for the challenges ahead.  Spearheaded by the talented Michal Forbes in midfield Ardboe are noted as a very hard working side who are difficult to break down and they will be confident of causing an upset and reaching next weekend’s semi finals.  Forbes is ably backed up by likes of Jack Martin, Cormac Devlin and Daniel Quinn among others and the experience of playing in Gardrum Park already this year against the host club will mean the surroundings are familiar to them.

Manager Conor Forbes speaking shortly after their Tyrone title win was looking forward to bringing his side to a new level of competition. “We are delighted to be representing Tyrone for the first time in the well renowned and prestigious Paul McGirr Ulster tournament. After a tough but enjoyable victory in the Tyrone final last weekend, we are looking forward to meeting the Donegal champions Ghaoth Dobhair.  We know very little about the Ghaoth Dobhair boys but we intend to throw all we have into the game and see where it takes us.  What an amazing opportunity this is for all involved.”

Ghaoth Dobhair have been waiting in the wings for a few month’s now but they are a club who are getting used to winning Ulster titles having recently won an Ulster U21 club title and being current Ulster senior club champions so this current bunch will be looking to add their names to that illustrious list.  Their comprehensive 4-12 to 2-08 victory over AodhRuadh in the Donegal final was the culmination of a tremendous season for Michael Ferry and John Burke’s charges. Eamon McBride, Daragh Ferry and Cian McEntee form part of a sturdy defense who have conceded very little all season. Their hard running midfield pairing of Sean and Stephen McFadden will have an interesting battle with Forbes and co while up front they will look to Fionnan Coyle, Aidan McGowan and in particular Cathal De Burca for the scores to get them over the line.

Manager Michael Ferry is hoping the long lay off doesn’t have any negative impact on his team. “The lads are thrilled with the opportunity to play in the Paul McGirr Tournament and test themselves against the best in Ulster.  It’s been a long wait since the 7th July when we won the county title but huge credit to the lads they continued to train despite having very little match opportunities.  Having seen a formidable Ardboe team win a tight Tyrone final at the weekend we know we will be up against it but the lads are focused on the challenge and really looking forward to it.  We’re very grateful to the Dromore club and McGirr family for their huge efforts in organising such a wonderful showcase of underage football.’

It is a game that is very hard to call. Ardboe are battle hardened and will be refreshed after their Tyrone title last weekend but there is no doubt they have a huge task ahead in trying to stymy a talented and goal hungry Ghaoth Dobhair outfit.  Having the advantage of having had the opportunity to watch Ardboe in action will be a huge advantage to the Donegal champions and this may be enough to edge the tie slightly in their favour but it looks set to be a game that will go right to the wire.

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