ERRIGAL Ciaran defender Aidan McCrory believes that Friday night’s first-round clash against their old adversaries Carrickmore will reveal just how much progress they’ve made this season.
Last year’s beaten finalists are top of the table in Division One – and rumours are afoot that Darragh Canavan may play some part in their championship campaign – but Carrickmore would love nothing more than to knock them back on their heels.
It’s been a captivating rivalry down through the decades, and although it mightn’t hold the same fairground appeal it had in the past, McCrory says he’s still looking forward to renewing acquaintances with their famed rivals.
“I’d definitely say we’ve made improvements this year but the championship is the real testing ground. It’s not until you get into the first round where you see where you’re really standing.
“All rivalries are a bit different but there’s always been a certain aura about Errigal-Carrickmore. When I was growing up it was always the main fixture for us regardless of what the significance of the match was. Both teams would still assume that it’ll be a good, hard game whenever we meet each other.”
It’s already been a vintage season for Errigal Ciaran in many respects. They’ve already won the Minor and Reserve Championships, while their Ladies are set to feature in the senior championship final against the mighty St Macartan’s this weekend. No surprise then that McCrory says there’s a real feel-good factor in the club considering their senior footballers are also top of the table in Division One as well.
“There’s a good feeling around the club in general at the moment and that’s usually the case when the football is going well and everyone’s put the work in.
“We’re happy with how the league went as well but it was a long time ago when the bulk of the league was played.”
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