Trillick need to tread carefully against Dromore warns skipper Gallagher

Trillick captain Daire Gallagher (right) believes they have the right mix of youth and experience as they seek to make it to a third straight Tyrone final this weekend

TRILLICK captain Daire Gallagher has warned of the dangers of a high press and all-out attack ahead of Saturday's derby clash with Dromore in the Tyrone SFC semi-final.

A dynamic half-back line hit 3-4 in last weekend's victory over Killyclogher, but the skipper expects defensive demands to trump that spirit of adventure at Healy Park.

Rory Brennan grabbed two goals and exciting newcomer Seanie O'Donnell helped himself to 1-3, while wing back Gallagher popped over a modest 0-1.

“You have to look after your defensive duties as well, so maybe I'm doing that a wee bit more than the other boys. They're scoring at the minute.

“We did make some basic errors coming into the first half, myself included. They got a penalty and then knocked on a couple of scores, so the pressure was definitely on, but thankfully we were able to raise it enough,” he said.

O'Donnell has brought a breath of fresh air since he broke into the Trillick team this season, one of a handful of newcomers making their mark.

“It's great to see young players coming through all the time, but the older players are still there, they're putting their hand up – Niall Donnelly, Damian Kelly, Ryan Gray, who hasn't got much football this year. They're coming up and staking a claim for that starting berth.

“So it's a good place to be and a competitive squad to be around.

“Anybody is happy to play a part in the team. we saw the boys coming off the bench, they're hungry too for football, so it's a good place to be when you're in a semi-final.”

Last year's beaten finalists came through the quarter-final with a comfortable 3-14 to 1-6 win, but every aspect of that performance will be studied in detail with a view to find improvement.

“We'll go back and take a look, and there'll be areas of the performance we'll not be happy with again.

“There'll be big improvements needed for the semi-final, and you have only a week to prepare, so you do have to knuckle down.”

Trillick, who lost last year's decider in a penalty shoot-out to Dungannon, made a slow start to this year's series with an unconvincing first round win over Galbally.

“We didn't really change a whole pile from what we were doing all year, we just reviewed and said we probably weren't as happy as we could have been with the level of performance.

“We stepped up a bit from the Galbally game, but again we're going to have to increase our level the next time out.

There are concerns over Mattie Donnelly's fitness ahead of this weekend's tie.

During the clash with Killyclogher, the Tyrone star appeared to be troubled by a knee injury picked up in the opening round, but played through the pain to the finish.

“Mattie will put the shoulder to the wheel whenever he needs to. That's taken as a given, he'll be there whenever we need him,” said Gallagher.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access