A place in the MacRory decider is the prize on offer when Omagh CBS face St Mary’s Magherafelt at Celtic Park tonight (7.30pm).
Omagh came out on top when they clashed earlier in the season. But St Mary’s manager Tony Collins refuses to read too much into that.
“I would not pay too much attention to the MacCormack Cup final. It is a completely different competition and was played nearly three months ago.
“We are a bit more familiar with them as a result so we know who they are and wouldn’t fear them.”
Omagh are a formidable side with quality players in a number of central positions. Five All-stars in the team is testimony to their strength in depth and it makes them MacRory favourites.
Magherafelt are appearing in their first semi-final in five seasons and are backboned by a number of county minors from both Derry and Antrim.
Emmett McKillion broke fingers in a hurling game in November and did not face Omagh in the MacCormack decider.
But he returned for the quarter-final win over Monaghan and showed up well in a dour struggle that only saw two scores — a goal for each side — in the second half.
Omagh have lost only one MacRory game in two seasons and that was last year’s decider against Dungannon.
And in Conan Grugan, Declan Connolly, Ronan O’Neill, Thomas Canavan and John McCullough they have proven match winners.
When it comes to endeavour and commitment the Magherafelt boys won’t be found wanting and they too have their quota of quality players. But in the final analysis Omagh hold most of the aces. Widely tipped to life the cup they should progress to the March 17 final with something to spare.