Dromroe and Clonoe go head to head in the Tyrone senior football championship final on Sunday in Omagh. Clonoe will go into this one as the slightest of favourites but there is very little to choose between two sides in fantastic form at the moment.
Dromroe clinched their place in their fourth senior football championship final in five years, with a comprehensive defeat of near neighbours Omagh on a score line of 0-16 to 0-8. Clonoe also sailed into the final, defeating Derrylaughan by an impressive ten point margin.
Indeed, Clonoe brilliantly defeated title favourites Carrickmore after extra-time of their quarter final clash and carried that form magnificently well into their semi-final encounter.
Tyrone’s stalwart Ryan McMenamin will captain the Dromroe side with the talismanic Sean O’ Neill, Cathal McCarron and Colm McCullagh the other mainstays of this experienced team.
Clonroe do not have the players of the notoriety of either a McMenamin or an O’Neill but they do have a team full of talented individuals who are gelling fantastically well. They will look to Stephen McNulty and Shane O’ Hagan to anchor and control the midfield area with both Captain Emmett Teague and Ryan T. O’Neill the other standout players for this side.
There is a sense in the county that although they have had the better of Armagh on the inter-county front, no Tyrone side has come near the incredible success of Crossmaglen Rangers. There is added pressure therefore, on Sunday’s victorious outfit to go forward and do the county proud in the Ulster Championship.
County Board Chairman Ciaran McLaughlin had this to say: “Obviously we are delighted to have won three All-Ireland titles but I would have to be honest and say that we would very much welcome the arrival of an Ulster club title and perhaps an All –Ireland club crown here,”
“We believe that our own domestic club championship is on a par with that of the best counties and we would love to land one of the major club prizes.”
This will be a hard fought and exhilarating game and should come down to kick of a ball or the width of a post. With the big game experience of both Ryan McMenamin and Sean O’Neill, Dromroe may just about shade this one.
A place in the Ulster club quarter-final awaits against Derry champions Balinderry.