Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Cassidy targets final coup for Clonoe

Damian Cassidy's wish to take his leave of Clonoe on a high could be granted on Sunday should they overcome Dromore in the Tyrone senior football championship final at Healy Park, Omagh (3.30).

New Derry boss Cassidy has not yet settled fully into his role because of Clonoe's extended participation in the Tyrone championship and victory against the reigning champions would see him further earmarked for Ulster Club duties.

But Cassidy is looking no further than Sunday's confrontation with a Dromore side who looked sharp in overcoming Ardboe in the semi-final by six poionts.

Yet although the current title-holders players boast such high-profile aces as Ryan McMenamin and Colm McCullagh, Cassidy is adamant that Clonoe will adhere to their own game-plan.

"We just want to keep playing with the cohesion and conviction we have been showing so far. We know that Dromore will present us with a very difficult task,” says Cassidy.

Clonoe lived dangerously in last Sunday's semi-final and had to rely on a late goal from substitute P J Lavery to see them through to their 1-9 to 2-3 victory.

Patrick Doris, Colm Doris, Ryan O'Neill and midfield duo Steven McNulty and Shane O'hagan have been the essence of consistencyin the Clonoe side so far but Cassidy emphasises their teamwork has been key to their progress rather than individual brilliance.

"I have been focused on getting the side to play as a unit. That's the important thing and it's something that could stand to us on Sunday," suggests Cassidy.

Dromore are likely to take their inspiration from McMenamin and McCullagh, both of whom shared in Tyrone's All Ireland triumph last month.

McMenamin, considered in many quarters to have been singularly unlucky not to have won a coveted Allstar, is the fulcrum of the defence and was particularly impressive when they won the Tyrone title last year before reaching the AIB Ulster Club semi-final.

He will again have a key role this week-end while McCullagh's accuracy up front can bolster the reigning champions. Indeed, it might prove enough to thwart Cassidy’s title aspirations.

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