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Strathroy continue charge to the title

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Strathroy continue charge to the title thumbnailStrathroy Harps Damon Teague on the ball against Enniskillen Town United.

GOALS from Aidy McCaffrey, Tommy Murphy and Patrick Nugent helped high-flying Strathroy harps to a 3-0 win over Enniskillen Town United at Omagh Leisure Complex on Saturday as they took another step towards securing the Mercer League title.

Strathroy Harps ...3
Enniskillen Town United ...0

Harps boss, Seamus Fanthorpe, isn t getting carried away, and though second-placed rivals Lisbellaw are coming up in the next few weeks in both league and Mulhern Cup action, he is ensuring his players remain focused to finish the job and take the league title back to Omagh.

We re taking nothing for granted. It leaves us in control of our own destiny and that is he position we want to be in. We aren t relying on other teams. All we have to focus on is getting three points.

With drawing Lisbellaw in the cup, we will be playing each other regularly in the next few weeks.

We have been winning games comfortably, keeping clean sheets, we have a great squad. So we are in prime position at the minute.

Lisbellaw pipped Harps to the title last year, denying them of a three-in-a-row, and Fanthorpe is confident that will not be the case again this season.

Last year, we dropped silly points a few times, and just lost out on the Mercer league. We learned from that, and we don t want that to happen again. We want to put it beyond doubt.

We have 18 players that can play on any given day, and that is a great position to be in as a manager. There are a few lads you have to let down but the good thing is that all the lads are buying into it. They re more than happy about getting three points to the club rather than play as an individual.

As well as being well positioned for Fermanagh and Western honours, Strathroy are also firmly in the reckoning for Irish Junior Cup silverware, and will travel to Belfast side HW Welders Reserves this Saturday in the fifth round of the competition.

It s an unknown to us. They ve got some good results so far to get to this stage. We have to go up there, be professional and get the result to get into the hat for the quarter-finals.

After winning the Junior Cup in 2012 and 2013, Fanthorpe insists his team are keen to add to the honours list, with recent additions eager to write their names into Strathroy Harps history.

We have a couple of new signings who have never achieved it yet, the likes of Benny Boyle, Kevin Sloan, Aidan McCaffrey. They are still listening to the stories of the two-in-a-row from a few years ago. So there is hunger there in the squad.

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