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Play Offs Take Centre Stage

Saturday 23.11.2013
Team Talk Mag
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Playoffs take centre stage on Sunday afternoon with five sides looking to maintain their push for promotion with one looking to maintain their top flight status for 2014. Trillick and Strabane go head to head at Killyclogher when the last remaining place in senior football for next season will be decided.

Trillick will start as favourites to maintain their place in the top flight but they know that they are up against it in the form of the Sigersons. The St.Macartans comfortably saw off the challenge of Greencastle in their first playoff game and will look for big displays here from the likes of Mattie Donnelly, Niall Gormley, Rory Brennan, Paddy Corey and Daire Gallagher.

Strabane struck for an injury time goal last weekend to edge past Edendork and they will go into this game in a confident frame of mind. They annexed the Ulster Intermediate league title at the start of the season but a win here and a return to senior ranks would surpass even that achievement. Danny McBride, Warner Mullan, John McLaughlin, John Paul Gallagher and Michael Etherson will lead their challenge.

In division three the two promotion semi finals take place with the four sides involved hoping to take a step closer towards a meeting with Derrytresk when a place in Intermediate football for 2014 will be on the line. Newtownstewart take on Fintona for the second week running and the St.Eugene’s would settle for a repeat result. They will look for a big display from division three top scorer Ryan Mayse as well as Pascal McConnell, Kevin Gallagher, Damian Patton and Niall Mayse. For their part Fintona have been consistent all season and after getting to within an hour of promotion twelve months ago they will be eager to take that extra step this time around. The Pearses will look for inspiration from the likes of Aaron McCarney, Tommy McGrath, Kevin McGirr, Cillian McCann and Niall Mellon.

The second semi final sees Clogher and Brocagh go head to head at St.Patricks Park. The Eire Ogs pushed league winners Loughmacrory all the way in the title race and after finishing second they will aim to make home advantage count here. Barry McKenna, Ciaran Shields, Mattie Callaghan, Paddy McKernan and Mark Bogue all key players for the hosts. Brocagh are a side who have come from nowhere to make the promotion playoffs and last weekend they got the better of Beragh in what was a winner takes all encounter. Michael Hughes, Colm McFaul, Justin Campbell, Padraig Bell and Barry Donnelly are all expected to feature prominently for the Emmetts.

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