By Barry O’Donnell
WORKRATE and character were the key traits in the successful march to MacRory Cup glory by Omagh CBS, according to defender Nathan Farry.
The Trillick defender’s dogged determination in the tackle and dynamic bursts from deep have stood out during this season’s campaign and he again demonstrated his value to the cause with another excellent showing in the victory over Holy Trinity last Sunday at O’Neill’s Healy Park.
As has been the case for much of the year, the Brothers backline recovered from a wobbly opening spell, when they conceded a goal and a point, to completely snuff out the opposition as an attacking threat, holding them to just five points for the remainder of the contest.
Nathan Farry insists though that the whole team epitomises this industry and energy, and not just those donning single digit jerseys.
“We were always able to keep them out. The defence did well but you have to credit the hard work of the forwards too when out of possession. They set the example for us all up there. It’s unreal.”
While there was no doubting the natural talent coursing through their ranks, Farry maintains that their battling qualities and inner belief were also pivotal qualities during Omagh’s matches.
“It wasn’t looking good at the start. They got an early goal and a point but we knew we had the character. We were also up against it at times in the quarter-final and semi-final so I had no doubt in my mind we had it in us to dig deep and battle back.”
And Nathan was satisfied that all the hard yards put in at training and during matches dating back four months had yielded a massive reward with the MacRory Cup returning to the school for only the fifth time in their history.
“The work that the boys put in during the year was unbelievable so to have it pay off with victory in the final was brilliant.
“The smiles on everybody’s faces show what he meant.
“The MacRory Cup hasn’t been back to Omagh in a right while so to do that is special after such a long wait.”