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Omagh to tackle ‘eastern’ rivals

Barry Tierney and Omagh will be hoping to overcome Ardboe in the Senior Championship this evening.

ST Enda’s ace attacker Connor O’Donnell hopes that Tyrone’s loss will be Omagh’s gain as the club build to the business end of their season.

With Justin McMahon last week having joined older brother Joe in announcing his retirement after a stellar county career, the legendary siblings will now be devoting their entire football attentions to club duties.

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And as the team prepare for a crunch Tyrone Senior Championship opener against Ardboe this Saturday night, O’Donnell believes that the McMahons’ full-time presence at Healy Park can only benefit St Enda’s.

“Joey being about week on week this year has been great for us, the leadership and quality he brings to the mix.

“He helps organise things on the pitch and brings that touch of composure as well. He is such a  presence to have about at training and now hopefully that will be the case with Justy as well.

“We would have loved to have had more of them at the club over recent years but obviously because of their Tyrone commitments that wasn’t the case, but it’s a big boost going forward hopefully over the next year or so to have them about full-time.

“The likes of myself and other younger boys always looked up to them at training. They have been great role models both on and off the pitch.”
Omagh’s Division One campaign ended in disappointing fashion as a series of defeats in the closing weeks, including a Round 15 reversal at Dromore, meant they missed out on the semi-finals. For hot shot O’Donnell however, this weekend’s assignment against the lough shore men, is the one that really counts.

“Since Tyrone were put out we have had our eyes set on Ardboe. If we got to the league semi-finals it would have been a bonus but our main focus obviously has been on the Championship.

“Everything at this time of the year is geared to that. The whole squad is now setting its sights on Saturday night in Loughmacrory at this stage.”

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