Reigning champions Omagh have been dealt a blow ahead of the opening game in defence of their Ulster minor tournament title at the St.Pauls Club with the news that key attacker Ronan O’Neill is out of the game.
All Ireland winner O’Neill, who picked up the UGAAWA young achiever award on Friday night, injured his ankle two weeks ago when Omagh completed the double by beating Dromore in the league final and is going to be on the sidelines until the New Year unless the St.Endas reach the last four in Belfast.
“I was at the physio last week and he diagnosed that I damaged four ligaments in my ankle and told me that I will be out for between six and eight weeks,” said Ronan.
“He said he was lucky that I didn’t break my ankle so I suppose things could be worse. I’m not the best spectator in the world and I was kicking every ball on Sunday when our U21 side played Greencastle in the championship and thankfully they came through.”
Omagh take on Antrim champions Lamh Dearg in the preliminary round at the Shaws Road venue this Sunday and if they come through that Fermanagh champions Aughadrumsee await in the quarter finals and Ronan knows that they are up against it.
“Lamh Dearg will be difficult opponents on Sunday and we will have to be at our best to get past them. I’m very disappointed to be missing it but if we can win that game as well as the quarter final I would hope to be back for the semi final on Boxing Day, that would be my target all being well.”