McNabb industry is paying dividends

Caolan Rafferty, Armagh, in action against Dermot Carlin, left, and Ronan McNabb, Tyrone

AS he made his way from the Athletic Grounds pitch last Sunday evening, Ronan McNabb had every right to look jaded.

The Dromore man had just turned in the sort of hard-working shift in the Red Hand number 10 shirt which was synonymous with his predecessor Brian Dooher, but according to the St Dympna’s man, that’s where the comparisons end.

“I suppose everybody has to work hard, and I’m no different to anyone else. I think that’s the role that you’re given when you’re a wing half-forward, and I think every wing half-forward in the country is probably the same,” he said.

Tyrone’s late surge finally ended Armagh’s brave challenge, the Red Hands having been unable to shake off their hosts throughout the course of the game.

The efficiency of Martin Penrose, who hit a total of eight points including five from frees, did much to break Armagh’s stubborn resolve, and McNabb was all too aware that his side had been in a real championship battle.

“Credit to Armagh. They had been playing against the top teams in Ireland in division one of the National League, and I think it showed,” continued the Dromore man.

“It could have gone either way but thankfully the breaks and the crucial scores at important times went for us. We rode our luck at times, won a few frees that Marty [Penrose] stuck over and we’re delighted with that.”


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