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Omagh hoping to maintain momentum

Joe McMahon hopes Omagh can maintain momentum

AN OVERNIGHT stay among the main leaders of Division One in the All-County League has whetted the appetite of Omagh St Enda’s for more of the same.

Victory over Carrickmore on Saturday saw them move briefly onto the lofty position ahead of Sunday’s full round of fixtures.

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Now they are anxious to maintain the momentum and sit in joint third along with Dromore and Killyclogher and behind top placed, Clonoe, and Ardboe and Errigal Ciaran in second.

Omagh welcomed back Conor Clarke, Ronan O’Neill and Justin McMahon on Saturday and Joe McMahon’s says they’re determined to keep winning as the league enters its second half.

“It has taken us a while to get going and getting Conor Clarke, Justy and Ronan O’Neill back has been a big boost,” he said.

“Those boys are a big loss out of any team and this is a good opportunity for us to work together ultimately towards the championship.

“When all the players come back into the team, then that’s the time to pick up the points. Heading into the break now it’s a case of keeping that going.

A goal from Barry Tierney entering the closing stages made the difference for the St Enda’s, but they weren’t one bit surprised to have received a tough challenge from Carrickmore.

The St Colmcille’s led for long periods and had been looking capable of winning until Omagh’s late spurt.

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“We knew that it was going to be a tough game coming to Carrickmore’s home pitch. We felt we started well, getting a few scores on the board and managed to find space up front,” added McMahon.

“Sometimes our shot selection wasn’t what it should be and that’s something which we need to work on. But we’re happy to get the two points.

“The likes of Mark Donnelly and Martin Penrose are as dangerous as ever. Form is temporary and class is permanent and they’re still the men to go to. Conor Gormley and Colm McGurk were also going well.

“But we knew that if we were in it in the last few minutes then we could push on. The game was in the balance, we were happy to kick on and the goal was the big turning point.”

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