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McAnenly, Corey are determined to wrap up title success

By John Campbell

Tomorrow is D-Day for two of Tyrone's most dedicated GAA stalwarts.

Cathal McAnenly will be in charge of the Monaghan Harps side that will meet Scotstown in the Monaghan Senior Football Championship final at Clones, while Cathal Corey is a selector with the Naomh Conaill side determined to reign supreme against St Eunan's in the Donegal decider at Ballybofey.

For McAnenly, Harps' arrival in the Monaghan final represents a massive step forward.

"The Harps club have not been in a final since 1991 so this is a whole new challenge for these guys," pointed out McAnenly.

"And it's a challenge we are very keen to embrace. We are only interested in giving the very best performance we can."

Neil McAdam, one of Monaghan's most consistent players in their surge to the Ulster title this year, is a cornerstone of the Harps side while Michael Galligan, Shane Smyth, Donal Hahessy and Stephen Driver are other key players.

And in former minor ace Fearghal McMahon, the Harps have an exceptionally talented finisher.

Scotstown will be powered by the Hughes brothers, Darren and Kieran, both of whom have vast experience of the inter-county arena.

Darren, of course, was controversially shown a red card after he ruffled the hair of Tyrone's Tiarnan McCann in the All-Ireland quarter-final in August.

McAnenly said: "Scotstown have a strong ration of experience, this will be their third final in a row and they will certainly not be fazed by having to face us."

Meanwhile, Corey lends a Tyrone flavour to the Donegal final where he is hoping that his Naomh Conaill side can surprise favourites St Eunan's.

"St Eunan's are seen to be in the driving seat but we still have faith in our own ability," maintained Corey.

The Thompson brothers, Anthony and Leon, Leo McLoone and Dermot Molloy form the backbone of the Naomh Conaill side while former Donegal stars Rory Kavanagh and John Haran still wield a big influence within the St Eunan's team.

Donegal boss Rory Gallagher has the opportunity to run the rule over established stars and potential new blood - and Corey is hopeful that it's the Naomh Conaill talent that blossoms.

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