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Moy glory bid my sole focus, says Loughran

 

By John Campbell

Harry Loughran is prepared to put the challenge of seeking a regular slot in the Tyrone team on hold until Moy's interest in the All-Ireland Intermediate club football championship is ended.

Centre-half-forward Loughran will line out against An Ghaeltacht at Thurles in tomorrow's semi-final aware that another five-star display could influence Mickey Harte in terms of his Red Hands line-up.

But schoolteacher Loughran is more concerned with helping to cement his club's ambitions of reaching the decider than the pursuit of personal goals.

"It's great to be at this stage of the All-Ireland club series and obviously the hope is that we can push on from here," states Loughran.

"The important thing is that Moy get a result. We are going in against an An Ghaeltacht side that contains plenty of good players, so we know what to expect."

Loughran has already shown fleeting glimpses of the form of which he is capable in Tyrone's colours but for now his total focus is on helping to drive Moy to All-Ireland glory.

"The game is undoubtedly the biggest in our club's history and, while we were all disappointed that last Sunday's tie was called off, we have had a further week in which to focus on this challenge," says Loughran.

Tyrone, of course, are already through to the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup final, where they will meet Donegal on February 17, and Loughran concedes that a number of new players have had the opportunity to impress Harte in the competition to date.

"There is serious competition for places in this Tyrone side and all you can do is put your head down and work. You just have to hope that when your time comes you will be able to take your chance," says Loughran.

"I had my first taste of inter-county football last year and it was great. It was tremendous to be part of the Tyrone squad although it was disappointing the way things ended in the championship against Dublin."

Now Loughran, along with the Cavanagh brothers Colm and Sean, helps to give an experienced edge to a Moy side that confronts an An Ghaeltacht outfit which is under the baton of ex-Kerry defender Marc O Se.

"We have had a really good run so far and hopefully we are not finished yet," adds Loughran. "Hopefully we can build further on the progress we made throughout 2017 and, from my own perspective, I would hope to maybe feature a little more with Tyrone this year.

"For the time being, though, getting Moy into the All-Ireland club final is my main goal."

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