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McStravog Hopes To Lead Barrys To Final
Derrylaughan captain Martin McStravog insists there is no added pressure on the Loughshore men to follow in the footsteps of Trillick and Cookstown by winning the Ulster Intermediate title.
The Kevin Barrys take on Monaghan champions Doohamlet at Brewster Park on Sunday afternoon with a place in the provincial decider up for grabs and it’s a game that he is really looking forward to.
“At the start of the season our target was the Tyrone championship and now that we have achieved that we don’t want our run to stop now. It’s a massive game for the club and the players and supporters are really looking forward to it, there is a great buzz about the place. Trillick and Cookstown did brilliantly to achieve what they did and we would love to follow in their footsteps but we aren’t looking past Sunday.
We have watched DVDs of Doohamlet and they are a big, physical side who are hard hitting, a typical Monaghan side if you like. Their forwards look to be very sharp and we will have to be on our toes and I feel that if we can do our job at the back then we have the firepower to get scores at the other end of the field.”
Derrylaughan required extra time to get past Cavan champions Drumalee in the previous round and Martin states that they will have to improve on that performance if they are to make it through to the final although their chances have been boosted with the return to training of Liam Gervin.
“We perhaps took the challenge of Drumalee too lightly and we got a stern talking to at half time when we were five points behind and hopefully that experience will stand to us. Liam had a light training session this week and he shouldn’t be too far away and fingers crossed he will be able to play some part for us.”