HIGH-FLYING Strabane Athletic, who made it four league wins from four with a 2-1 triumph at rivals Maiden City on Saturday, have been boosted by the return of Luke McGeehan.
McGeehan rejoins the Athletic ranks after a spell at Bluefin Sport Championship neighbours Dergview and the arrival of the midfielder/defender will further bolster Strabane, who have made the perfect start to their Northern Ireland Intermediate title defence in recent weeks.
On Saturday Eamon Curry’s team followed up an eye-catching 3-1 victory over Magherafelt Sky Blues with the win at City courtesy of goals by Dylan Forbes and Aaron Brennan.
The signing of former Dungannon Swifts player Johnny Lafferty, the arrival of ex-Spurs trainee Tom McDermott and the appointment of Tommy Canning as a club coach have all contributed to Strabane’s impressive start to their league campaign and striker Sean Ferry believes there is plenty more to come from the North Tyrone men.
“Things are going really well,” he said.
“It was disappointing to go out of the Irish Cup so early and the league is now our main focus. The priority is to defend the title we won for the first time last season.
“There is serious competition for places and everyone is giving 100% in training. We’re strong defensively and in attack and Luke McGeehan returning to training this week is another boost for us.”
On Saturday Strabane turn their attention to the Northern Ireland League Cup competition as they attempt to reach the last four of the early season tournament. Dungiven Celtic, who came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Ardstraw last weekend, stand between Athletic and a semi-final berth.
Celtic are no pushovers this season and recently knocked Limavady United out of the BetMcLean Craig Memorial Cup. Ferry is well aware that he and his team-mates can’t afford to take the visitors to Melvin lightly.
“Look they showed what they are about against Limavady. That was a great result for them,” he continued.
“We lost to Maiden City earlier in the competition and the onus is definitely on us to get the desired result.”
The following weekend Strabane travel to Portstewart for a Craig Memorial Cup semi-final decider, the winner of which will go forward to meet either Moyola Park or Dungiven in the showpiece final.
Strabane will no doubt also have their sights fixed on becoming the inaugural winners of the new cross border West of Ulster Intermediate Cup, which kicks off later this month.
Meanwhile, it is rumoured that a number of clubs are monitoring the progress of young goalkeeper McDermott, who joined Strabane in the summer following a spell at Ballymena United.