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Peter 'the great' a hard act for nephew to follow

Eoin McCusker has a lot to live up to tomorrow when he lines out with Dromore against Clonoe in the Tyrone Senior Football Championship final at Healy Park.

After all, he is a nephew of the legendary Peter 'the great' Canavan and having made his mark by posting some impressive scores to date not surprisingly now finds himself being compared to his illustrious uncle.

"There's only the one Peter Canavan," smiled McCusker (pictured).

"I'm happy to be who I am. Obviously everyone in Tyrone looks up to Peter but I'll just be trying my best to get a third county title for Dromore.

"I don't mind if I don't score just as long as we win - the team's success means everything to me."

McCusker's modesty and loyalty to the team ethic cannot disguise the fact that he is odds-on favourite to lift the Tyrone Championship top scorer award, a prize that is sponsored by Red Hands great Patsy Forbes.

McCusker pocketed the honour in 2008 and his stunning accuracy this term has already propelled him out of sight of the rest of the field - but he still has some way to go to match his famous uncle's haul of five top scorer awards!

It was in 1981 that the inaugural award was presented and Dromore player Tommy Fiddis won it then so not surprisingly McCusker views this as an encouraging omen for tomorrow's contest.

Colm McCullagh, another shooting star in the Dromore attack, has already collected the award on two occasions but, like McCusker, is strongly focused on team glory rather than personal kudos.

McCullagh, of course, played alongside the great Canavan in the Tyrone attack in the past and is still one of the most lethal finishers in the business.

With Ryan McMenamin, Sean O'Neill and Cathal McCarron providing defensive muscle as well as sharp counter-attacking, Dromore will enter the fray in buoyant mood.

Former Dungannon Swifts player Shane Coney marshals Damian Cassidy's Clonoe side from centre-half-back.

He said: "We are just in the right frame of mind for Sunday's game. We have got our heads right and we have to be in with a good chance."

The 'prize' for the winners will be a daunting Ulster Club quarter-final against Derry champions Ballinderry who will have spies out tomorrow.

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