Judging by the pace and passion demonstrated by Ryan Mc Menamin in his team’s semi final win over Omagh the veteran appears to have lost nothing of his hunger and pride in representing his club. Himself and former county colleague Colm Mc Cullagh were the two oldest players on the starting fifteen for Dromore but they covered the ground and competed as well as anybody on the field. Indeed Ricey was the driving force behind many of Dromore’s best moves as he carried the attack to his opponents at every opportunity but it was his defensive work which set the tone for his team’s display.
In games like these you need players who are prepared to go the extra mile in search of victory. These sorts of players lift and inspire their colleagues and tend to sap the morale of the opposition. Mc Menamin is a man well known for getting under the skin of his opponents and he certainly did that on Sunday with his high energy, action packed display. His point just before half time was a massive score for Dromore but it also had a huge psychological effect on Omagh and was probably the most important score in the game. The run that led to it was vintage Ricey as was his reaction to it. Watching him sprinting back to his position and encouraging his team mates, there was no doubting how much that score and the game itself meant to him and his colleagues.
He continued to play at a very high tempo throughout the second half and although he did not venture forward as much as he had done in the opening thirty minutes, he nevertheless made a huge contribution to the result. But Ricey knows that the next day out is a new ball game and Sunday’s victory must now be consigned to history. Having said that you still got the feeling that even at thirty four years of age he is enjoying his football now more than ever and considering the shape he is in, that might continue for a few years yet. Good news for Dromore but not such pleasant reading for opposition forward lines.