Ulster u-21 club, game of the tournament
St Patrick’s, Cullyhanna (Armagh) v St Enda’s, Omagh (Tyrone)
Sunday, Pairc Ui Ciceam, 2.45pm
ST PAT’S CULLYHANNA joint manager Stephen Reel has predicted that their Sunday clash with Omagh St Enda’s will be the game of the tournament.
It is an interesting analysis considering that the Armagh man admitted to knowing almost nothing about Omagh.
The only aspects of St Enda’s that he admitted to knowing was that they are the favourites for the match, and that they play a similar style of football to his Cullyhanna side.
Therefore his branding of ‘game of the tournament’ is probably borne out of an expectation of how his own team are going to perform.
“We are looking forward to the game. We know it is going to be tight, and there is no easy team, but I would say that this is a game between two well-balanced teams. I would say that you are going to see the best game of the tournament,” Reel said.
That is the second grandiose statement from Omagh’s opposition in this year’s tournament.
In the preview to their last game, Brendan Beggan, the Scotstown manager told Gaelic Life that the winner of their quarter-final would go on to win the tournament outright. His team went on to lose in dramatic circumstances [see Omagh preview]. Clearly something about Omagh brings out the bravado in GAA managers.
That said, perhaps Reel’s prediction is due to the St Patrick’s side’s confidence of making a big impact on Sunday, though Reel wasn’t about to admit as much.
“We have just been keeping our heads down and working away on our football,” he said. “Luckily enough we have everyone fit and ready to go.”
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