DESPITE registering back-to-back Championship victories in fairly emphatic matter, attacker Gareth McDermott insists that Clann na nGael remain the outsiders of the four teams still standing in the Junior race.
The Clann face Clogher in the semi-final this Friday night at Healy Park, an ideal draw for both sides given the top two in the league standings (Tattyreagh and Owen Roes) have been paired together in the other tie.
McDermott hit four points as the Clann eventually quelled the challenge of Drumquin last Saturday 3-10 to 0-9 in the Quarter-Finals. Two goals inside the first five minutes from Damien Ball and Stephen O’Neill laid the platform for their victory at a breezy Loughmacrory, though McDermot wasn’t totally enamoured with their first half showing.
Last year Clogher and Clann na nGael were embroiled in two rip-roaring Championship quarter-finals, with the North Tyrone side eventually taking the spoils after the replay. At one stage though in the initial encounter they trailed 2-6 to 0-2 before mounting a stirring revival.
“I think no matter who we played we were going to be underdogs going into the semi-finals. That isn’t a bad way to be. Clogher took us to a replay last year so we know that it will be really close again.
“Owen Roes beat us fairly comfortably in the first game of the season in the league and in my opinion whoever beats them will win the Championship. But for us now it’s all about keeping building and keeping the season going on. We are just enjoying it at the minute.
“We are an older team so maybe a two week break might have suited us better. We might have a few sore bodies at the start of the week but we’ll be ready to go again on Friday.”