Wednesday, 1 November 2017

MOY MEN KEEP THEIR ALL IRELAND DREAMS ALIVE. thumbnail Moy's Tom Loughran moves forward during his side’s victory over the highly-fancied Monaghan intermediate champions, Carrickmacross.

MOY captain Eunan Deeney has urged his team-mates to seize the opportunity of a lifetime and give their all in pursuit of an All-Ireland title.

The Tir na nOgs made their provincial debut in sensational fashion at the weekend, getting the better of a fancied Carrickmacross team to qualify for the Ulster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final.

It was a low-scoring, tense encounter at Healy Park, but the Tyrone men held their nerve to shade it by 0-9 to 1-5.

Now they're preparing to take on a highly rated Newbridge side from Derry which coasted to a comfortable victory over Fermanagh's Belcoo at Celtic Park.

Deeney was relieved to emerge with a win in what he described as the toughest game of his career.

"The Derrylaughan game was tight, but that was up to another level. They're tough boys, and we knew we were up against it. They're probably not really an intermediate team, more of a senior team, a serious outfit," he said.

"We had to dig deep, we had to go to the well for that one. It's very hard to prepare, it's very hard to focus on a team you don't know anything about, but we've got a very intelligent backroom team here, there's boys working tirelessly behind the scenes.

We knew every one of their players, and what way they were going to set up." The effectiveness of Sean and Colm Cavanagh and Emmet Rafferty would be crucial in negating Carrick's kick-out strategy, and that was one of the keys to Moy's success.

"We wanted to shut down their kick-outs, and we had big men in there to do that in Collie, Sean and Emmet," said Deeney. "But it all comes down to the preparation; we had sussed them out." The Tir na nOg skipper admitted that luck was on Moy's side, with the Monaghan men hitting the crossbar in the first half, before shooting a rash of wides after the break. And they were denied again in stoppage time by the woodwork when a point would have sent the tie to extra-time.

"They hit the crossbar in the first half, and we had said to ourselves - no goals - and then they go and hit the back of the net, and they hit the post again late on.

"But the Moy has been dogged by misfortune for so many years, so maybe it's about time we got a wee bit of a rub of the green, we won't complain about it." Now, as they prepare to meet the Oak Leaf champions on Sunday week, Moy will not be found wanting in terms of self-belief.

"That will fill us with a whole lot of confidence, and give us a lot to push on with.


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