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St Peter's aim to reap benefits of 5-year plan

By John Campbell

When St Peter's, Warrenpoint hatched a five-year plan in January 2010, few within the club contemplated the benefits that might accrue from this initiative.

Yet should the team be successful against Monaghan champions Inniskeen in tomorrow's Ulster Club Intermediate football final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh this will mean a sixth title in that period.

Two Down Intermediate as well as Minor, Under 20 and Premier Reserve crowns have been gained and club chairman Feargal McCormack suggests that the annexing of a provincial honour tomorrow could help spawn another five-year blueprint.

"To win the Ulster title would be a great way to complete this current five-year plan," said McCormack.

"We have already won Club Maith awards from the Ulster Council and been Ulster club of the year twice because of the advances we have made on various fronts but to win the provincial Intermediate trophy on the field of play would be just something else."

While manager Bernie Ruane puts the finishing touches to his preparations, his team will pick their steps carefully against a well-drilled Inniskeen side that has improved by leaps and bounds this year.

Skipper Ryan Boyle, midfield ace Ryan Mallon, defender Ciaran McCartan and cultured forward Ross McGarry can ignite another power-packed Warrenpoint performance while Inniskeen will look to ace finisher Paul Meegan to provide their inspiration.

Warrenpoint's club ethos is now such that it is viewed as a model for other outfits but chairman McCormack will ensure that irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow's game there will be no resting on laurels.

"We are on a journey and there is still some distance to be travelled," he said.

"I just can't begin to tell you what it would mean to all of us who are associated with the club for our team to be crowned Ulster champions tomorrow."

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