Close encounter of the derby kind

Nicole Stewart, representing Cafe Nero, presenting Cathal McShane with the match ball ahead of Owen Roes’ clash with Strabane Sigersons later today.

FRESH from scoring a late equaliser during their 1-10 to 0-13 home draw with Loughmacrory last week, Strabane Sigersons skipper Danny McBride is anticipating another tight clash when his men make the short journey to Glenmornan to take on neighbours Owen Roes later today.
It will be a first league meeting between the sides for many, many years and although Sigersons were in the top flight last year and Roes were in the bottom, McBride believes there won’t be much to choose between them.
Having watched admiringly from a distance at the progress the young Roes side has made over recent years, the Sigersons captain knows that the ‘healthy respect’ between the two clubs will be put on hold later as both go for victory.
And it’s a win that both need, not just because it’s a local derby, but because neither tasted victory on opening day. While Strabane were held by Loughmacrory, Roes fell to a one point defeat (0-15 to 3-05) at Kildress, which McBride believes shows their opponents belong at this level.
“It’s their first home game since returning to division two, it just happens to be against Strabane and both teams need a win, which will add some extra spice!,” he admitted.
“So, it’s a local derby between two teams who haven’t played each other in a long time, but there’s a healthy respect between the teams and I’m expecting a very tight game.
“They had a successful season last year, they are a good young team, they will be confident and the fact that they only lost by a point to a well established, hardened intermediate team like Kildress shows they belong at this level.
“There will be a real feel-good factor about them, they have a mighty spirit and strong togetherness, so it’s going to be tough.”
With Warner Mullen in Brazil and Michael Everson requiring surgery, Sigersons are lacking some firepower ahead of the derby clash, but McBride was buoyed by the resolve they showed when salvaging a point against Loughmacrory at Páirc Mhíc Sioghair.
“Obviously we wanted to start with a win, but that’s the sort of game we probably would have lost in the last couple of seasons and with two minutes to go it looked like we were going to. So from that point of view it wasn’t a bad result,” he concluded.
Throw-in today is 3.45pm

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