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Carrickmore Face Loch Gowna In Paul Mc Girr Semi

Wednesday 14.11.2018
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone champions Carrickmore and Cavan kingpins Loch Gowna will go head to head this Saturday at 12:00 in Gardrum Park Dromore aiming for a place in the final of the prestigious Paul McGirr U16 Club Champions Tournament.  

Both teams had very impressive quarter final victories and amassing tallies of 4-14 and 5-15 respectively there is no doubt a high scoring encounter is in store.  Loch Gowna under the tutelage of Lawrence Brady were slow out of the blocks in their quarter final victory over Newtownbutler but when they got into their stride there was no stopping them. Cian Hartin and Ryan Brady are central figures in their defence but both will have to be at the top of their game to halt a rampaging Carrickmore forward line.  Cillian O’Reilly and Tiarnan Madden provide a solid midfield partnership while up front they will once again be looking to the prowess of Cormac Brady, Conor Casey and playmaker Diarmaid Boylan.  

Having watched Carrickmore in action last week, manager Brady is in no doubt as to the task facing his charges.“It’s great to be heading back to Dromore next Saturday for an Ulster semi final. The game two weeks ago would have brought our boys on and hopefully it will stand to them next Saturday. Our opponents Carrickmore are a very good skilful team and it will be a very tough game for us. They have a great workrate and a forward division who certainly know where the posts are. Hopefully we will be up for the challenge.”

Carrickmore ace man marker Seamus Sweeney is likely to be given the task of reducing the influence of Boylan and this battle will go a long way to deciding the outcome of this game.  Brian Conway at centre back was instrumental in Carrickmore’s victory over Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne but Conway is likely to have his hands full on Saturday in keeping tabs on Brady.  The workrate and versatility of Conor Cuddy and Tiarnan McGarrity will provide the ammunition for a highly rated Carrickmore forward line where star man Daniel Fullerton is ably supported by Cahir Munroe and Lorcan McGarrity.  

Manager Michael Gallagher is hopeful their experience of last year can drive his side to victory. “We’re relieved to overcome the challenge of Donaghmoyne in the quarter finals and are really looking forward to taking on this pacy Cavan side. We have similar playing styles and both teams love playing attacking football which should lead to an entertaining spectacle for all in attendance. Their free-flowing scoring is something we’re going to have to be cautious of and we know that it’s going to take a significant improvement on last week’s performance if we are to progress to the final of the Paul McGirr Tournament. They have quality all over the pitch and their score-line of 5-15 against Newtonbutler who had already accounted for the Donegal championsTermon, proved this but this is something our management team and players are excited about trying to overcome on Saturday.  Our lads will have learnt a lot about the quality of opposition participating in this competition but likewise will have gained confidence in knowing that we can mix it with the finest in the province and this is very encouraging for us as a club, going forward. A lot of our lads were unfortunate to lose out at this stage last year to the eventual winners, Kilcoo, after being narrowly beaten after extra-time.  So, we’re hoping to use the hurt and anguish experienced on the back of this result, accompanied by the unbelievable support and encouragement from our supporters, to be as competitive as we can against this skilful Gowna side and who knows what will happen in what should be a very tight game.”

 All signs point to a high scoring encounter but in a game that is very hard to call the experience of last year’s semi final might just be enough to tip the tie in favour of the Tyrone side who will be looking to be the first Tyrone team to reach the final in 10 years.  

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