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Rea set to retire after final

Derrytresk's Mickey Rea

Derrytresk’s Mickey Rea has announced that, barring a replay, Sunday’s All Ireland Junior football final will be the swan song of his prolific career.

Age 33, the bustling corner forward with an eye for goal is no stranger to Croke Park as he has already played there four times during the last three decades.

He was a member of the Dungannon Academy team that won the Hogan Cup in 1997 alongside other underage stars Brian McGuigan, Ciaran Gourley and Richard Thornton.

That same year he was on the Tyrone minor team that lost the All Ireland final to Laois. In 2007 and 2008, when he lived in his wife’s home village of Glenavy, he played for Antrim in two Tommy Murphy Cup finals, winning one and losing the other.

An accountant by profession, he was also on the Brackaville side which won the provincial title in 1999.

He explained, “I started in Derrytresk and moved to Brackaville when there no youth teams at the Hill. I can’t describe what it means to everybody here. There were tears in the dressing room when we heard that the boys would miss playing in the All Ireland final, however we have turned our focus to the final. We are very confident with the lads that are coming in.

“What Dromid did after the semi-final severely influenced the outcome of the CCC meeting but thinking about them is not going to win us an All Ireland. We do believe we can win it otherwise there is no point in going to Croke Park.”

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