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Dromore Deserve Double Success

Tuesday 15.11.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


Dromore’s tremendous achievement of winning a second double was overshadowed by the violent scenes among the crowd at Dunmoyle on Sunday afternoon. What should have been a day of thrilling and exciting football was marred by a frightening outburst of violence on the field and off it which will be grist to the mill of the anti GAA elements within some sections of the media. TV and radio stations that would normally turn their back or barely pay lip service to our games will be crawling all over Tyrone in search of a “story” as they seek to portray our clubs, our members and our association in a very negative light.
Of course they have a duty to report the news and will argue that this is a news story. To an extent that is true but the old saying “never let the facts stand in the way of a good story” comes to mind. It will be interesting to watch how they cover it but what cannot be denied is that what happened in Dunmoyle is totally unacceptable and requires cool heads and brave hearts to deal with it. Emotive responses and knee jerk reactions are not the way to sort out what took place but anyone found to be guilty of offences within the rule book should be dealt with through the proper disciplinary procedures of the association.
As to the game itself Dromore were deserving winners on the day showing great self belief and quality to recover from being two points down early in the second half to carve out a convincing five point win. They can now enjoy the accolade of being “double champions” in addition to lifting the reserve knockout. Quality forwards who can finish are vital to the success of any team and once again Eoin Mc Cusker, Paddy Montague, Colm Mc Cullagh and young Niall Sludden showed their worth.
For Carrickmore it was a very disappointing end to a season that had promised so much. Their early form in the league appeared to suggest that they were back as serious contenders for the league and the championship. Unfortunately as the season went on they seemed to struggle to find scores and that weakness came back to haunt them in the championship and again on Sunday. However even though they may find themselves short a few key individuals next year with possible retirements and emigration, they will remain a potent force in Tyrone club football and few teams will relish being drawn to face them in the opening round of the 2012 championship.

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