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Trillick face their date with destiny as Ulster club final looms

By Declan Bogue

Published 13/10/2015

Mattie Donnelly
Mattie Donnelly

Seven miles separate Irvinestown in county Fermanagh and Trillick in Tyrone, but the difference in footballing cultures are worlds apart.

Still, when Trillick captain Mattie Donnelly took delivery of the O'Neill Cup on Sunday, he paid warm tribute to former Irvinestown and Fermanagh player, Nigel Seaney, who is the current St Macartan's supremo.

Of the football culture in Trillick, Seaney said: "You only have to drive through it and the surrounding areas at the minute to see the obvious passion for football there is at the minute. I watched those teams in the '80s that won those Championships and I am well aware of the belief and the quality that is instilled.

"There is no point going out if you are not going to play with the passion and a bit of belief."

Trillick now take their place in the Ulster club final, meeting the winners of this Sunday's Donegal final between Naomh Conaill and St Eunan's on November 1.

Seaney, however, is not getting ahead of himself.

"We decided at the start of the year, small steps, small steps. Don't look too far ahead. Look at our own performance, see where we can improve it and try and improve it. We will change nothing now," he said.

Asked about Trillick's policy of naming 42 of a panel on the matchday programme, he said: "Well, they are part of the wider collective. Right from the very start, they have been involved in the whole thing. We have in-house games, which those players play a part of."

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