Drumgath begin Ulster assault
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
AFTER their Down Intermediate Championship win, Drumgath now face the task of the Ulster Championships as they take on the Monaghan champions, Truagh.
This Sunday's (November 3) at 2.30pm Ulster quarter-final at Ballybay, will see the Down Champions enter the unknown as manager Justy Lynch admits he knows very little against a strong Truagh side.
Truagh were relegated from Division One last year, after spending 10 years in the top flight. After winning this year's Division Two Championship the club then went on to win the Monaghan Intermediate Championship trophy.
“I know very little of Truagh. They look like a very strong team on paper but you just don't know until you meet them on the field," said Lynch.
“The last time we played in the Ulster Championships we didn't really approach it with any great conviction, the celebrations may have went on too long but we had training on the Wednesday night after the final this time and I think the effort was very good.
“We're going into the unknown. The Intermediate Championships are different, it's not like the Senior Championships where everybody would know the same teams but because teams are dropping down from senior to intermediate, you just don't know who you're playing with the teams from the different counties.
“I would hope to get a win and get a run going in the Championship."
The only absentee for Drumgath is Stevie Parsons, who misses out because of an ankle injury.
“Training is going well. The change in the weather is to be expected this time of year, even up until the Championship final the weather has been good, so we've been trying to get the players used to the wet ball and the heavy ground again."
After beating Newry Bosco in the trophy final by five points, the celebrations went on and on but the Drumgath manager knows his players are more than ready.
“The celebrations were very good. We had good craic on the Sunday night. We had a meal and celebrated in Burns. A few celebratory drinks rolled onto the following day and even the Tuesday. There were definitely a few sore heads.
“There's more of a determination to go into this and give it our best rather than just go and see what happens. If you go up against a better team that you're not capable of beating, that's one thing but it will certainly not be for our own lack of effort."
Parson's absence is a blow but Drumgath will look to key men to perform on the Ulster stage. Up front, big Packie Downey and the lively Colum McComish are players that can cause any defence problems as long as the delivery is accurate.
In midfield a solid hour will be needed from Jack Lynch and young Colm Maginn, although Maginn will be expected to push forward more so than in the County Final win over Bosco.
Drumgath captain Mark Connolly is chief free-taker and if he his on his game Drumgath have a great chance of victory. Goalkeeper Peter Travers has been excellent this season too and his kick-outs are key if the south Down men are to win enough possession to punish the Monaghan Champions.
The other quarter final fixtures sees Killeshandra take on Naomh Treasa/St Teresa's, Eskra Emmetts will face Enniskillen Gaels, while Foreglen go up against Naomh Muire.
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