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Carrs driven to find a route to victory for Warrenpoint

By John Campbell

Published 02/12/2016

Special bond: A shared passion for St Peter’s, Warrenpoint, ensure that midfield ace Eoin Carr and his grandfather Barney Carr (93) have their sights firmly set on victory tomorrow in the Paul McGirr Trophy final
Special bond: A shared passion for St Peter’s, Warrenpoint, ensure that midfield ace Eoin Carr and his grandfather Barney Carr (93) have their sights firmly set on victory tomorrow in the Paul McGirr Trophy final

The best part of eight decades will separate two members of the same family who are totally focused on seeing St Peter's, Warrenpoint win the Paul McGirr Memorial Trophy tomorrow.

Eoin Carr is one of the most talented teenage players in the south Down area and will have a key role in the team's line-up when they meet favourites St Eunan's, Letterkenny at Gardrum Park, Dromore.

And among St Peter's most fervent supporters will be his grandfather, club honorary president Barney Carr, now aged 93 and a legend in Down GAA circles.

There is not an office within the St Peter's club that the redoubtable Barney has not held and tomorrow he is hoping to see the latest crop of talent to come off the conveyor belt there flourish in what will assuredly be a difficult assignment.

St Peter's spokesman Eoin McGuinness stresses that the Carr clan has made "an invaluable contribution" to the club's welfare down through the years.

"The name Carr and St Peter's have gone hand in hand for a long, long time. Everybody in Ulster and beyond knows Barney and now it's great to see young Eoin carrying on the fine family tradition within the club," says McGuinness.

"The Carrs have made an invaluable contribution to our club down through the years and young Eoin is certainly made of the right stuff."

Indeed, he is just one of several players whose skills belie their tender years and who will be in the vanguard of the St Peter's bid for success.

Kohree Hourican is a talented sweeper, Eoin Carr himself forms a strong midfield with Ruairi McCormack, Ruairi Kernan is a very useful link player and Eoghan Byrne is an exceptionally capable finisher who has a penchant for snapping up goals.

But the St Peter's management team comprising Darren Rice, Daniel Bird, Martin Slevin and Conrad Madden are fully aware that St Eunan's will pose a massive test for their side.

In Padraig McGettigan, Darragh Ellison, Shane O'Donnell and Sean Ryan the Donegal side boast outstanding players who flourished in an emphatic 4-13 to 1-5 win over O'Donovan Rossa (Magherafelt) at the semi-final stage.

McGettigan's brace of goals effectively killed the game off as a meaningful contest at an early stage and indeed St Eunan's might well have won by a much greater margin.

Warrenpoint secretary Anne McCormack, along with husband Feargal a driving force within the club, accepts that tomorrow's contest will ask big questions of the St Peter's side.

"Obviously St Eunan's have struck a rich vein of form at just the right time but we have worked hard in terms of our preparations and will be ready for the challenge," she points out.

"We feel we have some very talented players in our side and the hope is that we will flourish as a unit. We are well aware of the capabilities of St Eunan's but I have no doubt that we will give it our best shot.

"The aim is to do ourselves and Down proud."

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