Steelstown to make Senior Championship bow tonight

Steelstown's Liam Heffernan is tightly marked as he attempts to get a shot in during Saturday's clash at Pairc Bhrid. 0708JM33
Steelstown's Liam Heffernan is tightly marked as he attempts to get a shot in during Saturday's clash at Pairc Bhrid. 0708JM33
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STEELSTOWN Brian Og’s will be out to write another piece of history tonight when the city club make their Senior Championship debut against Ballinascreen at Foreglen. (Throw-in 7.15 p.m.)

Hugh McGrath’s troops are on the verge of securing survival in their first season in Division One following last Saturday’s vital 2-11 to 2-07 victory over tonight’s opponents in Pairc Bhrid.

The league will certainly be Steelstown’s priority this year and while the Championship could prove an unwelcome distraction, they will be anxious to see how far they can go.

And while Championship football can be a totally different animal to the league, their win over Ballinascreen at the weekend will give them plenty of confidence going into tonight’s clash.

Ballinascreen were expected to make a big impact on the championship last year but it did not materialise and this year their league form has been patchy.

However, like lots of other teams, they have injury problems with their top man Dermot McBride only making limited appearances.

Unbeaten Run

Steelstown, who go into the game on the back of an impressive four game unbeaten run, have shown in more recent league games that they have grown into senior football quite well.

They have a host of young, fit and skilful players but maybe they lack a cutting edge. They should have won several league games that they lost but a tendency to over play the ball in attack proved their downfall.

Ballinacsreen play the game at a high tempo but, like the opposition, their finishing is not always the best.

In Dermot McBride, Seamus Bradley, Carlus McWilliams, Benny Herron and the experienced Benny Murray ,they have players of a high calibre.

Steelstown will look to Stephen Cleary in attack, he is an excellent finisher and free taker along with his brother Aidan, Paul O’Hea, Mickey McKinney, Tony Ling and Neil Forrester.

The big Foreglen pitch will be to their liking and they will make the favourites work for every score and there may not be too many of them.

Previews of all this weekend’s action in today’s Derry Journal