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Experience The Key In Division Three

Friday 21.10.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


In terms of quality of football and closeness of finish this year Division Three has shown itself to be the most exciting division in the county. Any one of the top five or six teams could consider themselves capable of competing at a higher level. Well over the next week four of these clubs will get the chance to test their credentials in the promotion playoffs.

Following Derrytresk’s championship heroics last Sunday attention now turns to the league playoff semi finals with the first of these taking place on Saturday. Dungannon Clarkes will take on Aghaloo in what is sure to be a fiercely competitive game. Both sides came up short in the championship losing to the eventual finalists and with Killeeshil running away with the league, the playoffs were the best they could hope for.

The biggest contrast between the teams surrounds the age profile with the majority of the Aghaloo players on the wrong side of thirty whereas Dungannon’s recent youth policy has begun to change the shape of their team.  Having said that Aghaloo are packed with experience and men like Stephen Donnelly, John O’Neill and Phelim og Gildernew will relish the chance to prolong their season. The Clarkes have been introducing some of their younger players with Sean Molloy and Kiefer Morgan chief among these. Former county star Ger Cavlan is back playing some excellent football for his club and if he hits form Dungannon are in with a great chance. However in games and situations like these experience and hunger are key and Aghaloo have shown themselves to be past masters of this. It will be tight, it will be close and there will be lots of big hits but it looks like Aghaloo’s greater physicality might see them emerge as winners.

Whoever wins it they will have another week to wait to see who their opponents will be as the game between Brockagh and Drumragh is down for decision next weekend.

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