Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Is Ryan McMenamin ready to call it quits on Tyrone?

Ryan McMenamin could call time on his inter-county career

Ryan McMenamin may be about to become the latest member of the Tyrone old guard to call time on his inter-county career after tomorrow’s All-County League final at Drumoyle.

Brian Dooher, Philip Jordan, Brian McGuigan and Ciaran Gourley have all terminated their involvement with Tyrone and McMenamin could join them in slipping into the shadows.

He will line out though for Dromore against Carrickmore tomorrow (2.45pm) anxious to see his side gain some compensation for their Ulster Club championship defeat by Ballinderry a fortnight ago.

This came on the heels of their third Tyrone title triumph in five years last month with McMenamin a key figure in all of these successes.

But the 32-year-old defender — who was axed for Tyrone’s All-Ireland championship tie against Dublin last August — indicated some weeks ago that he would make up his mind in relation to his future with the Red Hands when the curtain finally comes down on club activity in the county.

Tomorrow McMenamin, who has three All-Ireland medals and four Ulster championship medals as well as his three Tyrone domestic honours, is keeping his fingers crossed that Dromore can finish their season on a high even though there is a strong residue of disappointment following the defeat by Ballinderry.

Earlier this week McMenamin made it clear in no uncertain terms that Dromore were less than impressed with the fixtures administrators who had decreed that his team should face four major matches in as many weeks.

They expect to be without experienced defender Cathal McCarron tomorrow and McMenamin has stated that the lack of recovery time has impacted on Dromore’s preparations.

“I don’t think we quite got the same level of consideration as other teams but we have to go with what is in front of us,” he said.

“There is a great rivalry between ourselves and Carrickmore and this will be again in evidence tomorrow.”

McMenamin is in the course of building a new home and will be getting married next month — factors that could well influence his decision to perhaps call time on his county career.

In the meantime, Dromore will look to the forward power of Colm McCullagh, Eoin McCusker and Ronan McNabb to bring them to league glory against a Carrickmore side that will lean on the likes of Conor Gormley and Mark Donnelly in particular for inspiration.

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