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Division Two Proving Extremely Competitive.

Tuesday 31.05.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


Division Two of the All County League continues to be as competitive as ever with tight games in all but one of last week’s matches. Only two points separates the top seven teams and with less than half the programme of fixtures complete any team at this stage is capable of putting together a sustained run of results that could transform their season.

Eskra enjoyed a very convincing six point win last day out over a very disappointing Pomeroy side who only managed one score in the opening thirty minutes of football. Apart from this game all of the other seven fixtures could have gone either way with one draw while five of the six victories were by a margin of two points or less. With the games coming thick and fast at the moment it is sometimes difficult for teams to recover from the pain of a narrow defeat before they are back out again to face another must win match. On the other hand a hard fought narrow win can provide much more than just the two points that come with victory.

Once again the harsh reality of lack of employment opportunities is starting to affect some clubs and several will soon have to deal with the loss of key players who have been forced to seek work abroad. Such circumstances and situations are becoming all too common and are bound to have a detrimental impact on the clubs concerned. Perhaps it is time for the GAA to take a more creative and proactive approach to working with the government in an attempt to identify areas where jobs can be created and prevent this skills and brain drain becoming irreversible.

While Rock are currently sitting proudly joint top of the league they could find themselves with further company as Edendork and Eskra do battle in a rearranged league game tonight. Should the St. Malachy’s get a win they will join Rock and Clan na Gael on ten points. That would be a suitable ending to what has been a great week for the East Tyrone lads following their huge weekend of celebration to mark the opening of their new pavilion. By all accounts it was a great success and well done to all concerned.

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