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Peter Canavan’s sights on a new glory era with Errigal Ciaran

By John Campbell

Tyrone legend Peter Canavan carried off a shoal of honours during his glittering playing, but this weekend the man who led Tyrone to their historic first All Ireland triumph in 2003 is pursuing his first title as a club manager.

Less than a year ago Canavan took over the reins of Errigal Ciaran and since then he has constructed a line-up that embodies youth and experience.

On Sunday at Eglish (2.00pm), Canavan’s men will face reigning Tyrone champions Coalisland in the All County Senior League final — a match that comes just a week after Coalisland were beaten by Donegal champions Naomh Conaill in an Ulster Club semi-finals.

Although Damien O’Hagan’s men are still licking their psychological wounds following that setback, Canavan believes they will still be very tough opponents in the league shoot-out.

“Coalisland will be keen to make up for last Sunday and it will take a big display from us to land the title,” said Canavan.

He will look to the experience of John Devine, David Harte, Enda McGinley and Peter Harte to cushion his side while Coalisland boss O’Hagan is hoping that Jonathan Curran, Philip Toner, Peter McGahon, Stephen Curran and Patrick O’Farrell can help inspire his men.

Burren manager Frank Dawson is anxious to see his side regain their poise when they meet Mayobridge in the Down All County League final at Pairc Esler, Newry tonight (6.30pm).

Last Sunday, Burren endured wretched luck in their Ulster Club semi-final against Crossmaglen Rangers when Kevin McKernan’s last-gasp shot just veer away from the posts when it looked as if they might get back on terms.

Now Dawson wants to see his players stand up and be counted in their bid for league honours.

“We did not lose to Crossmaglen because Kevin missed that shot, we lost it over the whole 60 minutes,” he said.

“We had staged a great second-half comeback after being eight points down. We have to show this kind of resilience again.”

In the Monaghan All County League Final on Sunday, Magheracloone take on Latton. The Freeman brothers Tommy and Damien are certain to have key roles in the Magheracloone side.

Eoin Lennon and Bernard O’Brien can help prop up Latton’s challenge for honours, but Magheracloone will be favourites.

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