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Omagh boss not concerned about poor start

OMAGH St Enda’s aren’t exactly setting the world alight at the moment, but their manager Carl McCabe isn’t throwing in the towel after a poor start to the season.

They fell to their third defeat in-a-row when they played Coalisland on Sunday – and it could have been a whole lot worse if the reigning Tyrone Senior champions hadn’t seemingly forgotten how to stick the ball in the back of the net.

Omagh weren’t much better in that respect as they totted up a mountain of wides in the second half, but McCabe was still pleased that they fought to the bitter end as they succumbed to a 0-14 to 0-7 defeat.

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“You can’t fault them for effort, we were trying to be creative with the players that we have.

“It is what it is at the moment, you’d be disappointed with some of the wides, some of them was bread and butter stuff but on another day they’d go over,” he said.

“They’re a resilient bunch and they’ll work their backsides off and that was the intention at half-time. There was a bit of contention about the scoreboard at half-time and we had to get our heads around that. We came out strongly but those those early wides zapped the life out of us a bit. They were stilling getting themselves into positions where we could’ve got goals but it just didn’t come off for us.”

Omagh are missing a number of players this year for one reason or another – Stephen Mullan, Turlough Gallagher and Conor Clarke are missing due to work commitments, although their manager confirmed that Ronan O’Neill is set to stick around in the summer despite rumours that he was heading to the United States

“[He’s not going] to my knowledge anyway. We discussed things with him when he dropped off the Tyrone panel. There were offers from clubs but his intention is to stay with us.”

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