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McGahan making waves at Tyrone and Windsor

By John Campbell

James McGahan has his sights firmly fixed on winning an Ulster Minor Football Championship medal with Tyrone.

But don’t rule out the possibility that this talented Cookstown sportsman could grace the colours of Linfield in the not too distant future.

It was while he was playing for County Tyrone in the Milk Cup last year that McGahan came under scrutiny from a Blues’ scout who informed manager David Jeffrey of his capabilities.

In due course McGahan put pen to paper for Linfield and has since played in a number of games for the Under 19 and Swifts teams.

For the moment though his sole focus is on helping Tyrone win the Ulster Minor title and he has played a big part in taking them into the decider against Monaghan on July 22.

Even though he did not start in the quarter-final against Armagh, McGahan was to have a big impact on the outcome of the game.

He was drafted into the side at half-time by manager Mickey Donnelly and a brace of scores at the start of the second-half proved the springboard for Tyrone’s victory push after the orchard county had swept into a seemingly unassailable seven-point lead early in the first-half.

McGahan’s input into that game earned him a starting place against Derry in Saturday’s semi-final and he emerged as man of the match, his five points (four frees) cementing a superb solo show.

Now he’s hoping to repeat his accuracy against a Monaghan team that looked impressive in beating Down in their semi-final.

“We had to work very hard to beat Derry. We knew it was going to be tough because we have played them twice already this year. They came back strongly at us but thankfully we held out to make it into the final,” he says.

“Monaghan have been looking good and they will be ready for us now that they have two good wins over Antrim and Down under their belts.”

McGahan is not ruling out the possibility of resuming his career with Linfield in the new season.

“Linfield were in action in Europe this week and I have ben following their progress. Obviously the close season is shorter than ever now. I’m very happy to be part of this Tyrone Minor side at this point in time and I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for me,” adds McGahan.

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