DROMORE provided an ideal platform for the forthcoming season when their U-21s made history by clinching only a second Tyrone title at this level.
It’s set to be a year of transition for the St Dympna’s but they will take plenty of confidence from this 1-13 to 0-9 win over Dungannon on Friday night. Team manager, Ciaran Meenagh, has already introduced a number of the U-21 players into the senior side and is hoping that they will continue to make a mark.
The Loughmacrory native was back on his home club’s pitch for what was to prove a memorable night for the boys in blue. He was understandably delighted with how things went, and will be aiming for more of the same as this year develops.
“We played with the breeze in the first half, but the game didn’t really get a good flow to it in the first half,” he said.
“A lot of the Dungannon players had dropped deep and we had to rely on a couple of great points from Emmett McNabb to get us ahead
“Our four or five point lead at half-time was a crucial platform for the second half and a few scores after the break settled us down. However, Dungannon missed a penalty and another good goal chance and even though there were seven points between the teams at the finish, this was an extremely close game.”
The big challenge for Dromore will be to try and translate this success onto the senior stage. It’s a point acknowledged by their manager, although he acknowledges that the progress already made by the players has been impressive.
“The fact that this group of players have now won this title shows great progression. This is definitely a nice boost for the club and for the seniors as they move ahead into this season,” he added.
“A lot of these players have already represented the club at senior level this year.
“That’s going to be needed because a few players are coming near the end of their careers or have already moved on. Hopefully something like this will give the players and the club a bit of extra confidence.”
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