Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Follow my lead to glory, says Coalisland boss O’Hagan

Coalisland manager Damian O’Hagan enjoyed many memorable days in the colours of Tyrone and now he wants as many members of his newly-crowned county championship-winning squad to enjoy similar experiences.

O’Hagan has already set his sights on next Sunday’s Ulster Club Championship quarter-final against Fermanagh champions Roslea following his team’s stunning triumph over Carrickmore in the O’Neill county final at the weekend.

And while naturally keen to see his side progress on the provincial stage he believes that several of his players are facing into potentially lucrative careers.

“I think that win over Carrickmore has helped this team to mature even faster,” says O’Hagan.

“We have players in there whom I believe have a great deal to offer Tyrone and I think that they will become even better with the passage of team.”

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte may run the rule over Coalisland again next Sunday but having observed them to date in their domestic championship he is well aware of their capabilities.

Coalisland have been knocking on the door of the Tyrone title for a few years without quite managing to get across the threshold but now that the silverware has been finally collected O’Hagan predicts that the team could remain a force for some time.

“Obviously we have had to be patient to get this title but knowing these players I think this will only serve to fuel their appetites for more,” says O’Hagan.

“I certainly would like to think that this would be the case. We have good structures within this club and success at this level will I feel, permeate down to the grassroots.”

Roslea manager Peter McGinnity, the former Fermanagh and Ulster star, has not surprisingly availed of the opportunity to put Coalisland under his personal microscope in the Tyrone decider and is aware that his side faces a tough battle come Sunday.

“I think that since both teams have now won county titles after being out of the spotlight for a lengthy spell it will make them even more determined to do well in the Ulster Club series,” says McGinnity.

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