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McGleenan hoping to fly flag for Red Hands

By John Campbell

Mattie McGleenan is hoping that Tyrone will be represented in the forthcoming Ulster Club final - and he's keeping his fingers crossed that he himself will be carrying the flag for the O'Neill county.

The Eglish clubman, a dynamic force in the Red Hands full-forward line during the 90's, will send out the Scotstown side he now manages against Tyrone champions Trillick in tomorrow's semi-final at Brewster Park, Enniskillen with the warning that teams from his native county, at whatever level, invariably covet appearances in finals.

"Tyrone sides from schools' level up have enjoyed success over the past 20 years or so and you can bet that Trillick will be very strongly focused on this Ulster Club title," insists McGleenan.

"They will have their homework done but I like to think that we have the commitment and ambition to move on."

But McGleenan's desire to be the sole Red Hand county representative in the spotlight on Ulster Club final day is robustly challenged by a Trillick side yearning to get their hands on the provincial silverware.

Mattie Donnelly is the fulcrum of the Tyrone outfit at midfield and epitomises their spirit and ambition when he declares: "For us to be in this semi-final is a massive boost but we want to move on from here.

"We feel that we have a decent chance of getting into the final but we know that Scotstown will be very difficult to beat. Mattie McGleenan is very thorough and will have his team well primed."

McGleenan, aware that his side is buoyed by Monaghan county players including the Hughes brothers Darren and Kieran along with Rory Beggan and Shane Carey, is nonetheless particularly keen to see his perceived lesser lights step up to the plate.

"Some of the scores we got against Slaughtneil in our quarter-final win were fantastic," said McGleenan.

"I think there were six or seven players that scored in all. That's what we train them to do. I want everybody to think about scoring against Trillick because that is the only way we will have a chance of winning," insists McGleenan.

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