While the management, players and supporters of Dungannon Academy await the continued thaw the thoughts of quite a few of these players will be on something else other than The Mc Cormick Cup Final which has now been arranged for Friday 17th of December at Healy Park Omagh with a 5:00 pm throw in. The trials for The Ulster Colleges All Stars are due to take place this week and quite a few players from both St Pat’s Dungannon and Omagh CBS have been listed to take part in the trials scheduled for The Mid Ulster Sports Academy near Cookstown.
The players involved have been asked to take part in three trials which will be held on Monday and Tuesday of this incoming week with the final trial down for decision on Thursday. Omagh CBS will be represented by John Mc Cullagh, Cahir Mc Cullagh, Ryan Mayse, Tommy Mc Carron, Niall Donaghy and Stevie Kelly while the Dungannon College will be represented by Harry Og Conlon, Shea Mc Garrity, Mark Mc Reynolds, Eunan Deeny, Sean Quinn and Liam Gervin. With such an array of talent on show it will not be an easy job for the selectors one of whom will be former Derry great Tony Scullion.
One player however who is sure to miss out on All Star selection this year is Omagh CBS star forward Ronan O’Neill who is still out injured having damaged his ankle in his club’s minor league final win over Dromore several weeks ago. O’Neill remains at least a fortnight away from a return to action and will not only play no role in the All Star trials but will also miss the preliminary round of The Ulster Minor Club Championship. His Omagh St. Enda’s side begin the defence of their provincial crown tomorrow Saturday when they face Lamh Dearg of Antrim at the St.Paul’s venue in Belfast.