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Tattyreagh aiming to join Moy in provincial deciders.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

TATTYREAGH will finally get to play their Ulster Club Junior Football Championship semi-final this weekend, following a postponement due to a bereavement in the Naomh Colmcille club.

They take on the Donegal champions under the Celtic Park floodlights on Saturday evening, with the winners set to face Fermanagh side Belnaleck in the decider.

And they will be bidding to make it a Tyrone double in the provincial finals, with Moy having qualified for the Intermediate decider with a 2-15 to 1-9 win over Newbridge.

Harry Loughran rifled home two second half goals at the Athletic Grounds as the Tir na nOgs came from behind to get the better of the Derry men.

"He's just got a real knack of scoring goals, and whenever you have a the ridiculously acceleration that we saw, those things can happen," said Moy and former Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh.

"I think when Newbridge knew about myself and Colm playing at county stage, the likes of Harry and Ryan probably got that little bit more freedom.

"And when they cut loose like that and take men on, they'll be a match for any team, particularly at this level. That's what we were banking on, and the guys really delivered in the second half."


The Tyrone champions had to seriously reassess their strategy during the interval, after going in at the break three points behind after playing with the wind.

"It was incredible. It was that half-time home truths time, and we knew we weren't happy with scoring four points with a considerable breeze.

"At certain points this year through the league and through the Tyrone Championship, we have had to take games by the scruff of the neck, and we have done that.

We have the players to do it.

"The last day out, we felt we didn't really cut loose against Carrickmacross. We played a containment game, and it got us over the line, we were lucky at times.

"That second half was really about throwing the shackles off and really going at them.

That's exactly what we did, and whenever we do that, we have some very direct players in the likes of big Ryan (Coleman) and Harry (Loughran) up front, who love taking men on, love breaking that line.

"And whenever we started to do that, we started to get success, and it was a case of attack being the best form of defence for us.

"Our management had told us about how in the third quarter, Newbridge had blown most teams away this year in Ulster and in Derry, so we knew there was a danger there that if we d i d n't do it, we had to just go and throw caution to the wind, and thankfully it paid dividends. We got the crucial scores at the right times." Cavanagh has won all the major honours in the game during a sparkling career with Tyrone, but until this season, success has eluded hom at club level.

"It almost feels like fate. It's strange. I've been around for so long, I've been playing for the seniors since I was fifteen, and ten minutes after I retire from county, I'm getting the success at club level.

"I can now really start to relate to the way that players in Crossmaglen and Slaughtneil, that I played with at Ulster level, were talking about the special club feeling and the club bond.

"To be honest, I never really had that, and now I'm starting to feel that, and what a feeling it is.

"It's as good as pulling on a Tyrone jersey on a big day in Croke Park, just having your whole community, your family, sitting in the stand, it's great.

"The buzz and the feeling is equal to anything that was there in the build-up to an All-Ireland.

"The club and the Moy have really embraced the run that we're on at the moment, and we're really riding the crest of a wave. It's just a real special few weeks, and everything is going in the right direction." And Moy's run has helped him come to terms with despair of his final appearance in a Tyrone shirt, on the occasion of a heavy All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.

"This last couple of months, ever since that dark day in Croke Park against Dublin, I've tried to get away from all that by immersing myself in the club.

"The club is the thing that picks you up after those dark days, and ever since that, it has been blue skies and I have really enjoyed every minute of it."

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