Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

McGinn gets his men back on track for 'semi'

Dromore manager Noel McGinn had been hoping that his side would be contesting the AIB Ulster Club Football final against St Galls this week-end.

Instead, they will find themselves immersed in a Tyrone All-County League semi-final against Errigal Ciaran.

And while McGinn is happy to be still in the running for what could prove a domestic league and championship double, he would much prefer to see his side striving to land the provincial club title.

It was Ulster Council chairman Tom Daly who led the chorus of praise that followed last Sunday's Ulster Club semi-final between Crossmaglen Rangers and Dromore.

And McGinn certainly lost no time in lauding the efforts of his players and urging them to maintain their fine form in next Sunday's league encounter.

McGinn traditionally wears his heart on his sleeve and his side can certainly take generous positives from what was a superb display of character and spirit against a team for whom it might take just the fingers of one hand to count their championship defeats over recent years.

"Every single one of my guys contributed to what was a great team effort. The people who were fortunate to see the match at first hand certainly got value for money, It was a very exciting, close game that went right to the wire and you can't ask for more than that," declared McGinn.

And he went on: "We may have been disappointed with the result but I don't think anyone can be disappointed with the performance. We asked the guys at half-time to go out and gave it everything. They ran themselves to a standstill - the support play and everything else was right out of the top drawer, in my book."

"I hope to see more of the same on Sunday against Errigal Ciaran in what will be a tough game for us."