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Dromore boss hopes legend ‘Ricey’ can play a role

Ryan McMenamin in action for Dromore.

 
A DROMORE side which has been knocking on the door of more senior championship success in recent years will have the familiar presence of a top star available for their 2018 title-challenge.
 
The St Dympna’s last won the O’Neill Cup in 2011, and is being regularly tipped as major contenders in the intervening period. 
 
Disappointing quarter final and semi-final losses, though, mean that they are now hoping to bridge a seven year gap.
 
Team manager, Ciaran Meenagh, is hoping to have Ryan McMenamin on board as they prepare for the big clash against Coalisland on Sunday evening in Pomeroy.
The former Tyrone star’s involvement has been curbed by his involvement with the Fermanagh team which reached the Ulster Final. 
 
However, he could yet be on board to add his considerable experience, two decades after he first burst onto the scene for the club at senior 
level.
“He hasn’t been involved as much this year obviously due to his commitments with Fermanagh. Ryan is a great competitor, he’s in great shape and is ready to play a part in this year’s championship,” said Ciaran Meenagh.
 
“Both teams would be considered as contenders and for us this is the most important game in the Tyrone championship this year. There’s going to be one of the so-called big teams out of the championship come Sunday evening.
 
“Coalisland were very unfortunate not to have won the title two years ago against Killyclogher and they’d two big battles against Trillick last year. So, they’ve been knocking on the door.”
 
Coalisland aside, Dromore have been displaying some impressive form so far in 2018. A win over Carrickmore in their last league game two weeks ago helped them into third place in Division One and leaves them poised to progress to the semi-finals. Nevertheless, like other teams, the lack of competitive action since the start of July has left its mark.
 
As a result, Ciaran Meenagh believes that there is a degree of rustiness so far in this year’s senior championship.
 
“It’s the same for every club, but there wasn’t a competitive match since the start of July and it was really tough to try and keep things going,” he added.
 
“Then, there’s the fact that the last time the county players lined out prior to two weeks ago was the weekend following the defeat to Monaghan in the Ulster championship.
 
“I’ve watched a few of the championship matches so far and there is a rustiness there. I think it has been difficult as well for the county players coming back.
 
“We also have a few niggly injuries to contend with. None of them are serious season-ending, but there’s a few knocks that we’d like to see being cleared up before the weekend.”
 
FULL STORY IN THURSDAY’S ULSTER HERALD
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