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Trillick skipper Gallagher would prefer more extra-time over penalties

TRILLICK captain Daire Gallagher would rather that more extra-time be played rather than penalties if the Tyrone final comes down to it on Sunday.

The Reds have been on both sides of the coin having beaten Killyclogher earlier this year and lost an Ulster club tie to Derrygonnelly on spot-kicks last year.

The thought of a county final going to another penalty shootout, as Sunday's would if it is a draw after extra-time, could be too much for some to bear.

While Gallagher says he knows why it's been introduced, he would rather a different conclusion.

“It's difficult to answer. I think there should be an extra period of extra-time, two more five-minute periods if it has to be finished on the day.

“The chance of a golden score or a first score from play or a penalty shootout – I suppose there's no right answer as such, it adds to the drama a bit more that it's penalties but it's not really Gaelic skill.

“I can see the merits of all the ideas but I can see the cons on having penalties or a free-kick competition, where it falls on one man's shoulders.

“It's sport and it has be decided. There's no easy answer. I can see why penalties was brought in, I can see the merit of it, but maybe a replay or two extra periods of five minutes would be my preferred choice.”

The positively-minded accountant says he loves the club too much to put himself before the team as he battles to be fit for the game.

Gallagher picked up a hamstring injury the week of the opening round win over Galbally and has only been able to play a bit-part so far, coming off the bench late in the semi-final win over Coalisland.

He was able to play a significant part of the league defeat by Galbally last weekend but admits it's too hard for even him to call whether he'll be fully fit to play this weekend.

Despite the thought of not being able to lead the team on county final day, the positively-minded accountant takes the same joy from being there.

“You could look at it from a personal point of view and have a selfish outlook. But Trillick's my club, they're my first love, my favourite team.

“Any time they're succeeding in reaching a county final day, you'll be a happy man. Yes you'd love to be more of a central figure but whatever role I can play, be it on the pitch or off it, even lending some support to the lads, I'm happy to do it.

“Personally it's frustrating that you might be missing out on playing on county final day, but there's a lot of lads that came in and have put their hand up and showed they have the right to be there, showed the quality to reach the county final.

“Either way, I'm a happy Trillick man to have reached the county final. We've won nothing yet but hopefully we get a good result on Sunday.”

Trillick are seeking to become the first club since Carrickmore in 2005 to retain the title and are in a good position to peer through the keyhole into Dungannon's mindset.

The Clarkes' run has been very similar to Trillick's own fairytale adventure in 2015, and their brand of football leads Gallagher to believe this year's decider will be a more open game than last year's damp squib against a very defensive Errigal Ciaran.

“Dungannon have a lot of pace and power, they're excellent on the break. I do expect an open encounter because the mentality they've had coming through those games, they've given everything and this is a final.

“They, along with us, have every right to win it, so why not go out and try to win it as opposed to trying to defend it?”

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