Reel: Cullyhanna “where we want to be”

Sunday’s Ulster final is exactly where Cullyhanna want to be says their manager and former defender Stephen Reel.

Cullyhanna have a chance to create history on Sunday. No side hailing from the Orchard County has ever won the Ulster Intermediate crown.

Culloville (twice), St Michael’s, Maghery and Ballymacnab have all reached finals but have come up short.

“This is where we want to be,” said Reel, speaking after Cullyhanna’s semi-final victory over Down side Liatroim.

“It was a conversation we had at the start of the year that we believed that we could be in an Ulster final. We got through the county and thankfully we’re there now.

“It’s great for the team to be in the Ulster final, it’s great for the players and all the boys that have come back and the young boys.

“It really is a great experience for them to get to an Ulster final too. Development wise, what it’ll do for them in the future will be massive.

“For us as a management team, that’s the big thing. And then obviously the older boys, they’d want to play in an Ulster final as well.”

Sunday’s Ulster final is exactly where Cullyhanna want to be says their manager and former defender Stephen Reel.
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Tough opposition

The St Patrick’s men take on Cavan champions Ballyhaise, who saw off both Downings and Glenullin on their way to the decider.

The boys from the Breffni County compete in the topflight of the league in Cavan. They finished eighth in the table, winning four of their 12 outings.

“By all means they’re a good team and they play Division One football in Cavan,” added the Cullyhanna boss, who took over in 2019. “I think they had a good league campaign.

“On the basis of that, we’d need to be taking them seriously and it’ll be no easy match. Again, it’ll be like the semi-final, every chance will count at this level.”