Team manager Paul Mc Iver must have taken an envious glance or two at Sunday’s opponents Omagh in terms of the physical presence on their team and the options they have on the bench. When Dromore last faced Omagh in the championship Shaun O’Neill, Micky Garry, Barry Collins, Shane Mc Mahon and Colm Donnelly were all key men in the St Dympnas first fifteen. This weekend the men in blue will take to the pitch to battle for a place in the county final without any of this quintet available. Donnelly and O’Neill are currently “migrant Workers” on the other side of the world, Garry is out with a long term injury while neither Collins nor Mc Mahon are presently on the panel.
Dromore will go into this game as favourites in many people’s eyes because of their greater experience but matches like these are often decided by the depth of the respective panels. Mc Iver knows the strength and quality of his players but he must wonder have the footballing Gods conspired against him in this one. His players will certainly give everything they have for the shirt and with guys like Fabian O’Neill, Ryan Mc Menamin, Cathal Mc Carron and Colm Mc Cullagh there to drive their colleagues on they will battle to the final whistle. These guys know they let themselves down when they allowed their normal high standards to slip last year against Carrickmore and will be hell bent on exorcising that particular ghost. However the game could well come down to the last few minutes to determine the outcome and this is where the strength of the bench could prove decisive. In that respect Omagh have the advantage and that could prove decisive in the end.