MOMENTUM garnered by their shock first round victory over high-flying Dungannon could yet fire Newtownstewart all the way to Junior Championship glory.
The St Eugene’s threw the Junior race wide open with that stunning upset of the Clarkes last time out, courtesy of goals from Jude Lynch and Niall Mayse, and according to another well-respected manager in this grade, Newtown could very well now be the team to beat.
Clogher’s Damien Kavanagh has crossed paths with most of the teams set to do battle in this weekend’s Quarter-Finals and from a quick perusal of the field he argues that Newtownstewart’s juggernaut might not be halted.
“I fancied Newtown to beat Dungannon so I wasn’t surprised at all by the result. I just thought that Newtown had more guts and determination and have risen to the big occasion in the Championship before whereas the opposite has been the case with Dungannon, though in fairness the loss of Kiefer Morgan was a big setback for them.
“It was a deserved win on the night and looking ahead I would fancy them against Aghaloo as well. They are stronger all round.
“I was very impressed with Kevin Gallagher, and Ryan Mayse, while Mickey McConomy came on and brought that tough of experience as well at just the right time, he made a big impact. The Junior Championship is always very competitive but I think after the first round results that Newtownstewart are the team to beat. “