Brackaville go in search of Ulster crown

Joe Rafferty's shot on the Aghaloo goals is blocked by John O'Neill. INTT4212-709DCA
Joe Rafferty's shot on the Aghaloo goals is blocked by John O'Neill. INTT4212-709DCA

WITH THE Tyrone title and promotion secured Brackaville will go in search of the Ulster Junior football crown this weekend.

The Owen Roes were impressive and convincing winners of the Tyrone crown and their players and management will be hopeful of an extended run in the competition.

Their opponents in Sunday’s curtain raiser at Healy Park, will be Belfast side, Antrim champions, Ardoyne Kickhams.

The north Belfast club had a narrow 2-4 to 0-9 victory over Con Magees, Glenravel in the Antrim final a week before the Owen Roes eclipsed the Tyrone crown.

Tyrone have enjoyed some sucess in the Ulster club junior championship over the years with Brackaville’s neighbours Stewartstown and Derrytresk among the sides to have triumphed in the last decade.

The Roes won the Tyrone title with a number of excellent performances not least a fantastic second half display to overcome a gallant Aghaloo side two weeks ago in the county final.

Kieran Holland’s charges showed commendable character to fight back and win the game after an Aghaloo blitz either side of the break had left them in arrears.

Brackaville will be looking to captain Cahir McGuinness for a repeat of his county final heroics, while his young midfield partner Rian McHugh has also excelled.

The Owen Roes will once again hope their forwards can deliver on the big stage with the county final performances of Joe Rafferty and Paddy Gervin helping to ease the burden on Marty Gervin and Che O’Donnell.

By all accounts the Kickhams were worthy winners of the Antrim title so a close fought encounter is expected in Healy Park on Sunday.