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Killyman V Strabane Relegation Playoff Looks Interesting.

Friday 07.10.2011
Team Talk Mag
Club


While most clubs have long since finished their league campaigns there still remains one or two issues surrounding relegation and promotion playoffs which might take a small while to sort out. The first of these relegation playoff games takes place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm in Killyman with the local club taking on Strabane Sigersons.

Killyman find themselves with home advantage in this one and that will surely help their cause. Being a very competitive and proud club they have always been difficult to beat at home and Strabane can expect no favours on Saturday. They will look to Paul Mc Veigh and Ciaran Og Hughes to provide them with a platform from the middle of the field while Fintan Mc Veigh and Enda Mc Gahan will pose quite a threat to the Sigersons defence. In games such as these experience and cool heads are vital and Ryan Hughes and Colm Mc Veigh will need to be at their best in this regard if Killyman are to win this one.
Mind you Strabane have plenty of leaders and experience in their side and have been in this position a time or two before. Last year they defeated Drumquin in a final playoff game to secure their Intermediate status for 2011. This is an even bigger challenge for the Sigersons and with county minor Ben Mc Gillion likely to miss the game they will be looking for key men JP Gallagher, Danny Mc Bride, Martin Mc Nulty and John Mc Laughlin to step up to the plate. Two of their young stars, Aaron Mc Laughlin and Michael Etherstone have shown great versatility all year and are not only central to Strabane’s hopes on Saturday but key to their development in the years ahead.
It has all the hallmarks of a close and exciting game which may well go to extra time. Home advantage will have a bearing but Strabane’s experience of similar situations may prove decisive.

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