WHAT once was a regular resident around Dunmoyle has become something of a stranger over the past twelve years, but Errigal Ciaran’s experienced defender Damian McDermott hopes that is about to change.
The O’Neill Cup has been carried high into Ballygawley Main Street for a homecoming party just once (2012) in the last dozen seasons but after last Saturday’s impressive Tyrone SFC quarter-final triumph over Omagh, Errigal have taken another gigantic towards righting that statistic.
With each passing year the number of team panellists in proud possession of a Senior Championship medal dwindles and one of those stalwarts McDermott appreciates how difficult it is to climb to the top of the mountain in Tyrone club football.
“There wouldn’t be too many still involved, fewer and fewer each year. We all know how competitive the Tyrone Championship is. From one year to the next you just don’t know how it is going to go.
“We’ll just concentrate on the next game and whoever we get. We couldn’t afford to look past Omagh because we knew how big a task that was going to be. We will just regroup over this coming week and see how the boys are.”
Errigal had to await the outcome of Tuesday night’s replay between Carrickmore and Edendork before knowing who they would be looking horns with in this weekend’s semi-final.
No matter the opposition Errigal will go into the contest in fine fettle after dispatching with Omagh 2-13 to 1-10 at breezy Loughmacrory in the previous round, goals in either half from Peter Harte and Odhran Robinson setting them on the path to victory.
McDermott was delighted to come out on the right side of the result and so turn the tables on St Enda’s after their gut-wrenching defeat to them in the 2017 County Final.
“This was a massive ask for us. We know all about Omagh and our history with them so we knew we had to produce a massive performance.
“It took twenty one men to see us home and there was boys as well on the sideline who could just as easily have came on. We knew how hard it was going to be so we were just pleased to get the win.
“There was few knocks and niggles but we will just have to dust ourselves down for the next day. We know again that’s going to be another step up next day out but it’s great to be there.”
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