A classic local rivalry which encapsulates the magnetic appeal of the Tyrone Senior Championship will kick-start another breathless weekend of action in the O’Neill Cup when Dromore and Trillick lock horns on Friday night.
While Championship meetings between these two great foes from the west of the county were common place in the noughties, it’s now almost a decade since they last met in the competition.
During the interim period, the Reds have firmly re-established themselves as one of the top contenders in the County, after securing the Intermediate title all the way back in 2008.
Dromore of course have been dining at the top table on a consistent basis for a much more prolonged period of time but as one of their rising young stars Peter Teague points out it is Trillick who have enjoyed the more recent success at Senior level.
“In 2008 they won the Tyrone and Ulster Intermediate titles and I know we haven’t met them much since in the Senior Championship. They have really pushed on since that and fair dues to them. They were a very young team in 2015 when they made the breakthrough and won the Senior title.”
St Dympna’s are perennially cast among the front runners for Championship honours in Tyrone, because of the depth of talent at their disposal, but Teague, captain of their Ulster Under-21 winning team earlier in the year, bemoans their recent fortunes in the O’Neill Cup.
“We got Coalisland last year and Clonoe the year before so the draw hasn’t been too kind to us. I think we have been beaten by a point five years in a row now but there’s little point talking about bad luck. As we all know there is no easy draw in the Tyrone Championship.”
Peter banged over a spectacular winning point when the teams clashed in a low scoring league encounter at Gardrum Park earlier in the season.
While he modestly plays down his contribution to that triumph, who does feel that Friday’s latest instalment will also come down to the wire.
“I was lofting it into the back post and lucky enough it sailed over the bar. I just swung my leg at it and thankfully it proved to be the winner.
That was a tense battle and I’d say the Championship game will be similar.
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