St Mary’s march on

Killyclogher’s Martin Swift in action.

A POTENT blend of youth and experience could yet see Killyclogher repeat their Championship success of 2016, Conall McCann hopes.

The Tyrone star was delighted with the nature of the team’s emphatic six point defeat of neighbours and O’Neill Cup holders Omagh last Sunday in the Senior quarter-finals.

And as they ready themselves to tackle Ardboe in the last four this weekend, McCann is optimistic that the right ingredients are in place for the side to potentially go all the way again.

He feels that the savviness of veterans like Marty Swift, Eoin Bradley, Gary Wallace and Simon O’Neill, combined with the youthful exuberance of others such as PT Cunningham, and Sunday’s man of the match Matthew Murnaghan, could yet fire them to glory.

“We have plenty of experience which is a good thing at this stage of the Championship as we have men who have been here before

“But we have youth there too. If you look at Matty Murnaghan he was the best player on the pitch by a mile at 17 years of age. We are just happy to have him, he is one of a number of good young players we have coming through.”

St Enda’s became the latest in a long line of reigning Senior County champions to fall by the wayside the following season, and McCann acknowledged the difficulty they had faced in trying to defend their title

“It’s well known that the Tyrone Championship is hard to retain. If you look at the last seven or eight years it has been different teams winning. That’s the nature of the Tyrone Championship.

“We were in that situation last year so know how Omagh feel. It’s hard coming in as holders to retain the same hunger that you had the year before.”

And Conall doesn’t feel that a yearning for success will be an issue for this Sunday’s opposition Ardboe, who are chasing their first SFC crown in twenty years.

“If a team hasn’t been there for a while they can be hungrier because they might not get another tilt at it for a while after this.

“If you look at the likes of Ardboe and Edendork they will definitely be up for it as they haven’t been there for a few years.”


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