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Hot-shot McGarrity set to Rock again in title bid

By John Campbell

Published 26/11/2016

Been there: Ciaran Gourley in his Tyrone pomp
Been there: Ciaran Gourley in his Tyrone pomp

Rock team skipper Tommy Bloomer is urging his side to produce "one last big push" in an effort to collect the Ulster Club Junior Football Championship title at the expense of Monaghan champions Blackhill tomorrow.

The homely Rock club, which nestles just off the main Dungannon-Cookstown Road, has charted an impressive path into the decider, but Bloomer believes that Blackhill have been dark horses in the competition and as such deserve the utmost respect.

"We have a good mix of youth and experience in our side," explained Bloomer. "You look at boys like Conor McCreesh, Ciaran Gourley, Niall Mullan, Seamus Donaghy and Aidan McGarrity and you see a lot of talent.

"Then you have young lads in there who have been blossoming this year although I would have to say that Aidan McGarrity's scoring feats have been pivotal in our progress.

"He has been scoring consistently for us and we think he can rise to the occasion again."

While optimistic that his team can come good, Bloomer acknowledges that Blackhill will pose a big challenge.

"Blackhill have come through quietly and to my mind that makes them dangerous opponents," he said.

"They will have gained in self-belief and they will feel they can match us.

"We have to show our composure and discipline from the outset" added Bloomer.

"I want the boys to give it one last big push so that we can land the Ulster title.

"That would mean an awful lot to us in this our centenary season."

Blackhill, led by full-forward Darren Woods, are an amalgam of youth and experience and, like the other teams involved in tomorrow's finals, are underpinned by a strong family ethos.

Five members of the Courtney clan - Thomas, Ryan, Anthony, Ciaran and Donal - are joined by the Geehans, Michael and Tommy, in sustaining the club's bid for provincial honours in what has been a lucrative season to date.

They face their biggest challenge tomorrow, though, against a Rock side that is focused on doing its bit for O'Neill County pride.

Meanwhile, the Paul McGirr Cup final between St Eunan's, Letterkenny and St Peter's Warrenpoint, which was scheduled for today at Dromore, has been postponed until next weekend.

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