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Killyclogher target Ulster Club crown

Tyrone's Conall McCann with Cavan's Cian Makey in the Division 2 league at Healy Park Omagh. .Picture Colm O'Reilly 31-01-2016.
Francis Mooney

CONALL McCann believes Killyclogher can take a cue from derby rivals Omagh and make a big statement in the Ulster club championship.

Two years ago, the St Enda’s won a breakthrough Tyrone SFC title and went all the way to the Ulster final.

Fresh from their first county success in 13 years, the St Mary’s are in provincial action against Cargin on Sunday, and their rangy centre-forward is confident they can back up their domestic triumph.

“We saw what Omagh did a couple of years ago after winning the Tyrone championship, they got to the Ulster final. The sky’s the limit,” said McCann.

Cargin boss John Brennan has had a good look at his opponents in last Friday’s replayed Tyrone final against Coalisland, but the Killyclogher management have been unable to do likewise.

McCann is confident, however, that Dominic Corrigan and his backroom team will secure all the relevant information and put together a detailed and thorough assessment of the Antrim champions.

“We’ll have our homework done on them, they’ll have their homework done on us.

“It’s going into the unknown, we have never played them before, but I’m sure the backroom staff will have the homework done, because they have been doing it all year so excellently.”

Cargin’s dismissal of St Gall’s in the Antrim decider underlined the quality in their side.

A host of county men have been blended with solid footballers in a cohesive unit that performs with the confidence and fearlessness that have been a hallmark of John Brennan teams in the various counties where the former Derry boss has enjoyed club success.

“Cargin put up a big score against St Gall’s, so we’re under no illusions that they’ll be hard to beat, but we’ll not fear them.

“They have three McCann brothers, Kevin O’Boyle, they have a lot of experienced players, they have been about the block.”

But student teacher McCann has his own insights into Sunday’s opponents.

“I’m in St Mary’s and my best friend in St Mary’s is from Cargin, so I’m well schooled on them, I know everything about them.

“They got beat by Crossmaglen last year by two points, and they were winning for most of the game.

“We know we’re in for a tough battle, but we’ll use the Tyrone championship win as confidence, and if we play anything like we did to win that, we shouldn’t be too far away.”

Mark Bradley’s finishing has been sensational this season, the Tyrone attacker averaging six points per game in Killyclogher’s march to the O’Neill Cup title.

McCann has every confidence in the leader of the attack to maintain his rich vein of form at Healy Park on Sunday, but insists Bradley can only be as good as the quality of service provided to him.

“He has showed what a player he is. He’s at the pitch every night practicing, with both feet, frees, whatever it takes, so he puts in great effort, and I’m not surprised that he’s reaping the rewards.

“But it’s a team game, everyone knows their role, and the boys out the field worked the ball to him, and thankfully he can put the ball over the bar.

“We’re fortunate to have such a good forward line, especially Mark, and when you score eight points in a county final, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

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