Moy ready to make history

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

AN exciting new adventure unfolds for Moy this weekend when they make their first ever appearance in the Ulster Club Championship.

The recently crowned Tyrone champions meet Carrickmacross in the Ulster Club IFC quarter-final at Healy Park, with a dream of adding a provincial crown to their long-awaited county title.

Spirits in the camp are high following a successful campaign which has seen them secure a return to senior football, and they feel they can carry valuable momentum into Sunday's clash with the Monaghan champions at Healy Park.

Defender Tommy McNicholl said that with the celebrations well and truly completed, the players are determined to launch themselves into the challenge of competing for a provincial title.

“After you win, you celebrate for a day or two, but with the group that we have, we were eager to get back down to work, and get back to training," he said.

“When you're there, you're not just there to take part. You want to try and go as far as you can. But we're not looking past the first round, because we know the challenge that faces us."

Confidence is high in the Tir na nOg camp following a triumphant Tyrone campaign which saw them win a first Intermediate Championship title in 35 years with victory over Derrylaughan in the final, and only the second in the club's history.

“It was great to get over the line in a real tough final. It's been 35 years, and there was a great buzz, great celebrations about the village."

But now a highly rated Carrickmacross team is the next target, and the quality of their performances in winning the Monaghan title a clear warning to Moy that they have a serious job on their hands.

“Whenever you get to this stage, you're dealing with all the county winners, so there's going to be no easy games.

“But we're just going to look at this game, go out and try and give a performance and we'll see what it brings."

Fortunately, the Tyrone champions have come through their domestic campaign without picking up any injuries, despite the regularity with which they had to play their championship games.

“We started off the championship in Tyrone and we knew it was going to week on week, and it can be tough, if there's any niggles at all," said McNicholl.

“You're out again the next week, and the momentum nearly carries you through. It's a short lay-off, and we're now back to the first round of Ulster."

With three players in the Tyrone squad, Moy had to play several league games without their top players, and finished in a mid-table position in Division Two, well off the promotion zone.

But with the Cavanagh brothers, Sean and Colm, and Harry Loughran back to devote all their energies to the drive for championship success, the team lifted its performance levels to new heights.

“At times the league can be difficult, but we have a great panel, and whenever the lads are away representing Tyrone, we all pull together and give it our best.

“It's a team game, and it takes everybody, when those guys are away. We're a strong unit, a great mix of youth and experience, and everybody is just looking forward to it."

Sean Cavanagh is set to devote the remainder of his playing career to his club, having recently announced his retirement from the inter-county game, a major boost for the Tir na nOgs as they prepare to return to senior football.

“Sean has done it for Ireland, he has done it for Tyrone, and he has always done it for the Moy.

“He's a great leader, he would be a great leader in any team, and he's a great man to have on the field to play alongside."

Also on the Healy Park double bill, Tattyreagh take on Currin in another Tyrone v Monaghan tie in the Ulster JFC quarter-final.


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