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Parr up for the challenge as Rostrevor eye club final upset

 

By John Campbell

Jonathan Parr has long since come to terms with his dual role of preventing goals with one team and potting points with another.

After nine years between the posts with Warrenpoint Town, 31-year-old Parr jokingly suggests he might just be due a testimonial, but in essence his real ambition is to capture an Ulster intermediate club championship medal with Rostrevor.

It was a spectacular full-length save from Parr two minutes from the end of Sunday's tense semi-final against Donegal champions Milford that helped Rostrevor book their final place against Moy on a 0-13 to 0-12 score.

And for Parr, this was rather too close for comfort as he ponders his team's huge mission against the Tyrone champions, who have already been installed as favourites for the title.

"It's a big challenge for us but we're not going to fail in it," declares Parr. "It is definitely not going to be easy when you see the way that Moy swept past Newbridge in the second-half."

As well as forming the last line of defence with the Rostrevor side, Parr is also a competent free-taker, although he concedes that his touch in this respect deserted him against Milford.

"I missed chances to convert frees and was disappointed with myself but I hope to make up for this against Moy," he says.

"I would like to get a few in the final if the chances come along. I feel I owe it to the side."

Rostrevor, under the captaincy of Down star Caolan Mooney, had enjoyed senior status before making the drop to intermediate level and Parr is particularly keen to see the side rejoin the top bracket, although he admits their display against Milford was not all that it might have been.

"I think that a little bit of panic set in at one stage in the second-half after we had looked comfortable for the better part of the first half," he says.

"But, on the other hand, I have to say we have a good young team. We have a good manager in Shane Mulholland and Caolan is a great leader on the field."

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