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Derrytresk Deserved Title (And The Celebrations)
From the moment the Derrytresk men ran out onto the field on Sunday afternoon it was clear from the reception they received that they meant business. Their loyal band of supporters gave vent to over forty years of waiting as they raised the roof in Healy Park. Of course it is great to have your supporters fully behind you but the big fear is what happens when the whistle blows and there must have been plenty of Hill men and women there today who were more than just a little apprehensive about how the game might unfold.
However they need not have worried as every single player from goalkeeper Aidan Quinn with his magnificent penalty save, to corner forward Micky Rea who was perpetual motion personified, gave it all for the jersey. Today’s win was a victory for organisation, planning, self belief, hunger and commitment. They won the vast majority of the dirty ball quite simply because they wanted it more than their opponents. That does not mean Killeeshil did not want it, just that Derrytresk wanted it more. They had a high number of turnovers and blocks and such things are the building bricks of success.
Of course having players who can finish too makes a difference and although there were one or two chances missed, Micky Rea and Niall Gavin put on a masterclass of movement, support play and finishing. There will be few in Tyrone who would begrudge them becoming the 2011 Junior Championship winners and the feeling is the party might go on for quite a while. Let’s hope that they don’t overdo it and can refocus in time for the Ulster Club series because with the quality of football they play and the sense of team that exists this championship win might not be the only one they enjoy.
One final word, congratulations and thanks to our pollsters who previewed the final. It seems you knew a whole lot more than the Bookies did!!!!