One win does not make you a great team no more than one defeat turns you into a poor side but there is bound to be much head scratching and soul searching in Omagh after today’s humiliating defeat to Dromore. A year that had promised so much with fine wins over Donaghmore and Coalisland in the earlier rounds of the championship ended with a painful exit and heavy defeat at the hands of one of the biggest rivals. Coming into this game St Endas had shown much promise and were being tipped by many to be serious contenders for the championship not only this year but for a while to come.
Unfortunately promise and potential, like talent and skill, will only take you so far in Gaelic Football and unless these are matched by hunger, passion and commitment the possibility of lifting a championship title is light. Omagh as a team have added several younger players and appeared to be on their way to greater things. However judging by this afternoon’s display they are further away than ever from taking The O’Neill Cup back to the county town. Dromore outfought, outthought and outgunned them in every department of the field and a check on the amount of break ball won, particularly in and around the middle of the field, tells a story of almost total Dromore dominance.
In previous matches Omagh started at a great pace and had built up a substantial lead by the break. Today they were starved of possession and suffocated in the tackle as Dromore produced one of their most complete team performances for years. Omagh will have to return to the drawing board in an attempt to put right what went wrong today. They cannot afford to keep thinking that talented individuals on their own will be enough to win the championship. It takes a bit more than that and usually the collective pain felt after a defeat like today’s is a good starting point. They are almost back to square one but it might work out to their benefit as it is unlikely they will be tipped as championship contenders next year following this defeat.