This weekend sees the Junior and Intermediate finals and the remaining senior semi final. The Junior
game brings together the two top sides in this division. Both are hugely experienced and have been
here a few times before. Stewartstown may top the league but Killyman have shown many times
before that in a one off game with so much at stake, they are capable of beating any team in this
grade of football. I said a few weeks ago that I fancied Stewartstown to win the league and Killyman
to lift the championship and I will stick to my guns.
While the pairing in the Junior Final may have come as no surprise there are few people if any who
would have expected to see Urney make it as far as the last two in Intermediate. However they
are there on merit and they have shown no shortage of skill or belief as they overcame Edendork,
Pomeroy and Eglish on their way to the final. In each of these games their opponents were hotly
fancied but the border side made light of the underdogs label and played some excellent football
into the bargain. They will be underdogs once more at the weekend but that won’t bother The St.
Columba’s and on recent form they could cause a major upset. It would be quite an achievement for
all involved in the club if they do lift the championship and make it to senior football. Derrylaughan
won’t be easily beaten however and have shown themselves to be a very well organised and
resolute side. With the Ciaran Gervin and Fergal Mc Aliskey carrying most of their attacking threat
the Kevin Barrys know they cannot afford to rely on these two players. They will need a complete
team performance if they are to overcome their opponents while at the same time keeping a very
close eye on Fergal Mc Nulty and the Laffertys. I am going to stick my neck on the block and say that
the Omagh pitch really suits Urney’s style of play and that could well prove decisive in the end.