NEW names are driving Errigal Ciaran’s latest bid for Tyrone championship glory which this weekend will see them aim to reach the county final for the first time since 2012.
It has been a five year period of transition for the club that has included several first round exits.
But now they are poised and determined to bridge that gap. Experienced campaigners such as Peter and David Harte and Aidan McCrory all remain from the last team to win the O’Neill Cup.
They have been joined by a whole host of fresh faces anxious to maintain the club’s tradition of success over the past quarter century.
The performances of many of them in last Sunday’s quarter final against old rivals, Carrickmore, will have raised hopes that more progress can be made. Mark Kavanagh, Ben McDonnell, Cathal McCrory and this year’s minor captain, Peter Og McCartan, have each also been making important contributions.
Under the management of Pascal Canavan, Tiffy Quinn, Joe Canavan, Ciaran Harte and Fionntain Devlin, they are busy preparing for a trip to Carrickmore, this time for the semi-final clash against surprise packets, Pomeroy.
“Thankfully, we edged things in the final few minutes against Carrickmore. One of the lessons that we hope to learn from that game is to try and have a balance between attack and defence,” said Fiontainn Devlin.
Errigal will enter thoday’s second semi-final as hot favourites to progress to the final.
Forewarned should be forearmed for them against opponents who have already ousted reigning champions, Killyclogher, and a Clonoe side that was also fancied to make a strong challenge for the title.
It is all ensuring one of the most open county senior championships in years and nobody will be taking too much for granted as the two aim to reach a final against either Omagh or Trillick.
“The fact that Pomeroy have come through shows the strength, depth and quality of senior football in Tyrone,” added Devlin.
“Every team on its day is equally as good and can cause a lot of challenges. I’d be expecting the same from Pomeroy – a tough Tyrone championship game which will be very closely contested.
“It’s going to be a case of who can make the most of those small chances which present themselves, and maybe get that bit of good fortune.
“It’s going to be a mammoth battle and the hope is that our match against Carrickmore will stand to us.
“They will have a lot of momentum coming into this game and sometimes in championship football that can be equally as good as a rest. Tough games coming at you very quickly, and the spirit which victories generate is also a very important advantage.
“When it comes to this weekend, it’s going to be down to whoever performs better on the day.”