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Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Championship Final
Gardrum Park Dromore is the setting for the 2011 Ulster U16 Club Championship Final this Sunday at 2:00pm when Antrim champions O’Donovan Rossa face Down kingpins Rostrevor in what promises to be a free scoring and highly anticipated clash. Rossa will be appearing in their fifth game in the tournament, having comprehensively beaten St. Patrick’s Donagh in the preliminary round, they overcame pre tournament favourites and reigning champions Glen Watty Grahams in a game where they trailed until the final few minutes. In the semi final it took two wonderful games of football to separate themselves and Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon after the first game finished 4-14 each after extra time. Star of the show for Rossa has been powerful full forward Gareth George who has been in fine goalscoring form all tournament but Rostrevor will also have to keep a tight eye on both Chris McComish and Sean Pat Donnelly if they are to prevent Colm Murray’s boys from annexing the title.
However Rostrevor will not be short in confidence as they arrive into the game following two impressive performances when they overcame Coalisland in a tempestuous affair in the quarter final and then Monaghan champions Scotstown by a nine point margin in the semi final. They have a towering midfield partnership and in their forward line the dangerous duo of Conor MacCarthy and Conor Doyle will pose problems to a Rossa defence that has shipped quite a few goals already in the tournament. It is very difficult to predict a winner in this game but there can be no doubting that the large crowd that is expected will be treated to a high scoring affair given the quality that both teams possess as they go in search of this prestigious title.
The proceedings will get underway at 12:45pm when the Dromore club will also host the final of the Charles Henry Quinn Cup which is competed for by local U12 boys and girls. The day will also feature a parade of the four county titles that Dromore have won so far this year and there will also be a special tribute paid by the local club to the recently retired Tyrone legend Brian Dooher. As usual all proceeds from the tournament will go The Spirit of Paul McGirr Trust.