Donemana go in search of further glory
Donemana's indifferent season has been well publicised this year, however the Holm side ensured that they would not end a second successive season empty-handed when they beat Brigade in a truncated Faughan Valley cup final at Strabane Park last weekend.
Andrew Riddles's team will have been delighted to find some reward for their summer's work, and this victory also ensured that Brigade would not be able to complete the clean sweep of domestic trophies as many expected.
To be fair, conditions were far from ideal for either side on the night with the winners probably benefiting from the best of them, however despite that, Donemana clearly ran out deserving winners.
Batting first in game reduced to 12 overs a side because of rain, it was a a superb knock of 59 not out from William McClintock that laid the platform for Riddles' men to post their competitive total of 106 for 4.
McClintock has been in superb form with the bat this season having already posted an 11- ball half century in this competition. While he wasn't quite as destructive this time around his innings lasted just 25 deliveries and contained 3 fours and 6 sixes. He was given valuable support at the other end by Andy McBrine who made 27 and with the light fading fast it was clear that Brigade needed a very quick start before DLS intervened.
Donemana ensured that would not be allowed to happen as Dwayne McGerrigle (3- 18) and Bilawal Iqbal (2-6) reduced the champions-elect to 29 for 6 in the 7th over in their reply before the umpires decided enough was enough.
The result means that Donemana now travel to Belfast this coming Sunday to take part in the All-Ireland T20 finals blast. They will take on CIYMS at Belmont first up, and the winners of that will then head to Stormont for the competition finale against the winners of the tie between Malahide and Cork.
Skipper Riddles with clearly delighted to pick up some silverware to end the season and said that his side was looking forward to competing against the other regional winners on Sunday.
"I think our performance against Brigade last week shows that we are different side when at full strength. That certainly hasn't been the case for the majority of the season, with a lot of guys having other commitments, however we are clearly a match for anyone on our day."
"I'm not saying that this win makes up for not competing in the league or being knocked out of the senior cup, but it does show that we're a far better team than those results suggest."
"We're looking forward to the blast in Belfast this weekend and although it's a tough draw taking on CI on their own patch, if we get our first choice team out, we're afraid of nobody."
The Tyrone side still have to play Andy Britton's team in a rearranged league game before the curtain falls on another year , however for now they only have eyes for this weekend and the chance to make an impact at national level.
A win there and suddenly it's been a very different year up at the Holm.