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Strabane Survive Relegation Battle But Have Much More To Offer.
As with anything in life if it is going to succeed there needs to be consistency of effort, application and commitment. Watching Strabane play Dungannon on Sunday in the final playoff game of the year you got the feeling that there was something amiss with their displays all year.
On the day the Sigersons were much the better team and won comfortably in the end. They played some fine attractive, attacking football at times as they hit two goals and fourteen points. But it was not just their fine attacking play that caught the eye. They were hungrier, more committed, better organised and more determined than their opponents. Their display was best summed up by the number of blocks, saves and turnovers that they made during the final ten minutes. By that stage the match as a contest was long over but the north Tyrone lads maintained their relentless push for the win and took great pride in keeping the goals against column blank.
It does beg the question however as to how they ended up in this position in the first place. They were in the same predicament this time last year and unless they identify and deal with the issues that lie beneath this constant battle against relegation then one day the trap door will open and they will be back in Junior football.
Sunday’s performance showed that they have the ability and talent and possess a nice blend of youth and experience which should have them battling it out at the other end of the table. However without the consistency of effort, talent alone will only take them so far and judging by the past two seasons that means continued relegation battles.
Strabane have all the qualities needed to be up there challenging at the top of Intermediate Football and beyond. For the good of their club and its future development it is time they took the bull by the horns and made sure that all are pulling in the one direction with a common objective.