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Killyclogher's goalscoring hero Mark Bradley relishing special quest

By Declan Bogue

Killyclogher's goalscoring hero Mark Bradley has hailed a 'special' time for the club as they bid to become only the second side from Tyrone to win an Ulster club title.

"It's special, without a doubt, this is what you grow up looking to play - the top stage, playing in Ulster with the boys you grew up with," said Bradley, after his goal in the 14th minute got the St Mary's on the scoreboard and on their way to victory over Cargin in the Ulster Club Championship quarter-final.

Finding himself in splendid isolation against the experienced Kevin O'Boyle, Bradley almost took the net out of the rigging with a fierce shot.

"I don't score too many goals!" he laughs. "Simon (O'Neill) hit a great ball in and it's not often it is one-on-one. You don't get those chances too often and you have to put them away when they do come."

Bradley revealed that he and his team mates marked their Tyrone Championship win with festivities, but it was very much down to business for the Ulster campaign when they delivered their first ever win at this level.

"We've never been in this territory before," he says.

"I think it was 13 years ago we played Crossmaglen. It's a different experience. It was just about getting over the game especially given the week turnaround. No matter how we won we just wanted to take the next step and see.

"We created a bit of history for the club as it's the first game we've ever won. But it's just another step."

They now face 2014 winners Slaughtneil, who claimed that title at the expense of Killyclogher's neighbours, Omagh.

He adds: "No matter who you play it's going to be the same. Slaughtneil is another game, another step and try and get over it."

Elsewhere, Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has decided to beef up his backroom team for the 2017 season with the addition of a strength and conditioning coach.

Richard Thornton is a former Tyrone and Coalisland player who has been looking after the conditioning work for Derry club The Loup as they made their way to the county final this year.

However, he has now made the switch to the Donegal senior team.

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