DROMORE Under-21 manager Paddy Montague will hope for double cause for celebration this weekend.
The affable St Dympna’s boss is due to tie the knot on Saturday with his betrothed Rebecca and little over twenty-four hours after walking down the aisle he aims to oversee an historic provincial title success with his hometown club.
Dromore tackle Down champions Carryduff in the final of the Creggan Kickhams highly-prestigious Ulster Under-21 Tournament and are determined to avoid the ‘bridesmaid’ label on what will be a milestone occasion.
Being crowned 2019 Ulster champions certainly has a nice ‘ring’ to it as far as Paddy is concerned and he has ‘pledged’ that his young charges will give their all as they seek to inscribe their name in club folklore.
“ It has never been done before so it would be great for these boys to become the first from the club to win an Ulster title,” he said.
“We won the (Tyrone) Championship back on the 19th April and we went off after that, though about six or seven boys played with the seniors in the past season. Then we just got together again before Christmas and after New Year we were back at training three times a week.
“The boys have put in a serious effort. They are a great bunch of lads, very committed. They want this bad and you can see that in their attitude. Hopefully now we can produce the goods again next Sunday.”
St Dympna’s of course host their own highly successful underage provincial competition in the form of the annual Paul McGirr Juvenile Tournament, meaning that Montague is well placed to appreciate the co-ordination and meticulous planning which Creggan have put into their Under-21 event.
“Creggan have been great and treated us brilliantly. Anything we have asked for they have given to us. When you land up there they always make you welcome and their pitch is unbelieveable for this time of year.
“They have got big crowds for all the matches and I’m sure the final will be no different. The whole of Dromore will be buzzing about it because Ulster Finals don’t come around for us too often. Gaelic football is the number one sport in Dromore and there will be a big crowd up at Creggan cheering us on I would imagine.”
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