URNEY manager Mickey Rea hopes the recent spirit-lifting derby triumph over Strabane will act as a launchpad for a late season survival push by the St Columba’s.
A fiercely fought, though entertaining clash last week resulted in a thrilling 1-15 to 2-9 victory for the hosts at Clady as they leapfrogged the Sigersons at the foot of the Division One table to move up to four points.
Urney resume their push to avoid the drop with an onerous looking assignment out west against Trillick this weekend, but for Rea these sort of fixtures are ones to relish not dread for the Urney squad.
“Our lads have embraced the fact they are going out at Healy Park to play Omagh, going down to play Damien Cassidy’s Clonoe, or Dominic Corrigan’s Killyclogher.
“They’ve seen the positives from that even when results have gone against us. They have embraced the opportunity to play against those teams and I have to admit at no point did they let those big defeats rock them and drop their heads.
“ The commitment from the club, the officials, the players it hasn’t waned from the 6th January. I just hope that we can finish strong now and get another two or three wins to keep the club up. We want to build on what has been started.”
The Derrytresk man stresses that even when the side have been on the wrong end of one or two hammerings they have remained fully focused on their survival bid, and refused to get dispirited.
“Division One is unfortunately split into two leagues. It’s difficult for clubs like Urney and Strabane to go up against the Dromores, Errigals, Clonoes, team of that size with huge playing resources. However we have remained mentally strong every night at training.”
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