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Mc Curry Picks Up Monthly Merit Award

Wednesday 12.03.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


Filling gaps created by retirements and injuries is always a major problem at senior county level. Tyrone have experienced that quite a bit recently but a few young lions have stepped up to ease the problem. There are none more capable of doing so than Darren Mc Curry who grabbed his chance when it fell to him. Last month, he proved that Mickey Harte’s decision to toss him into the white heat of the All Ireland qualifiers was a wise move.
“I made my debut in the qualifiers against Roscommon in 2012,” recalls McCurry (21). “I was delighted to get the chance and I’m prepared to work hard to keep in the panel. It is hard work but good and I’m enjoying it.”
The Edendork plumber certainly enjoyed the month of February as he turned in sparkling performances against Derry and Mayo, finishing with a personal tally of 3­10 from the two fixtures. Against Mayo he hit an exquisite two goals that would have done a more experienced player great credit. For those displays Darren is honoured with the UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award.

“I was pleased with those goals but it was a good team performance against Mayo,” he points out. “Of course, I’m very pleased, also, with this Merit Award and it gives me a great boost. Good stuff.”
Darren is used to winning awards as every season from U13 to minor grade he picked up trophies with his club and also collected Ulster and All ­Ireland U18 medals with Tyrone. He hopes that U21 medals will follow to complete his underage collection.

To get the UGAAWA Merit Award, Darren beat off challenges from his goalkeeping colleague Niall Morgan, Creggan hurler Conor McCann and Antrim’s CJ McGourty.
The presentation was made at a reception in Quinn’s Corner with Darren receiving a donated engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed and engraved silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon and training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports. He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA 28th annual banquet next November, in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran.

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