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Sunday Holds Much Promise For All Four Tyrone Teams.
It’s a huge Sunday for Tyrone club football in terms of Ulster Club championship . Omagh St Endas Ladies of course are sixty minutes away from back to back Ulster Club titles when they face Lisnaskea in Clones in The Ulster Intermediate Final. However it would be fair to say that most interest will be on how the Power NI Tyrone Senior, Intermediate and Junior champions fare in their respective first round fixtures.
First up are Junior Champions Derrytresk who take on Derry champions Doire Trasna. This game is scheduled for Celtic Park and Paul Canavan will be hoping his lads are in the right frame of mind to take on this challenge. With Cathal O’Neill, Niall Gavin and Micky Rea providing the drive and finishing power the men from The Hill will be fancied to make it through to the semi finals.
There is a double header down for Omagh but considering the recent heavy rainfall there has to be some concern about the pitch’s ability to cope with two such fixtures. First up is Kildress as they confront the challenge of Carrickmacross Emmetts. The Monaghan side were senior until recently and would be very highly regarded in the Farney County. Gavin Devlin knows his team face a huge challenge but if Fran Loughran, Damien Kelly, Des Treacy and Frank Mc Gurk can repeat the form they showed against Galbally there is no reason why the Wolfe Tones season should end tomorrow. Carrickmacross are a seasoned and very experienced team but the wide open spaces of Healy Park might well prove their undoing.
County Senior Champions Dromore face the biggest challenge of all three teams having only won their title last Sunday and had less than a week to recover from their celebrations. Their opponents Ballinderry are one of the best club sides in Ulster and are hugely experienced at this level of club football. With players like Kevin Mc Guckin, Conleith Gilligan and the mercurial Enda Muldoon leading them Ballinderry will be hot favourites to win this one.
However Dromore are a proud club who have grown in mental strength and experience over the past five or six years and they will love the challenge this match presents. Of course for manager Paul Mc Ivor this game pits him against the club he has grown up with and been a member of all his life. This does give him a unique insight into their opponents and in games like these small margins can make a difference. The margin in this game looks like being small and hopefully Ryan Mc Menamin, Colm Mc Cullagh and Eoin Mc Cusker and their team’s experience of the venue will see them upset the odds and qualify for the provincial semi final.