Derry and Tyrone are set to meet in the final of the 2016 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Final this Saturday 23rd January.
Both teams will go into Saturday’s Final as the form sides in this year’s competition and will have high hopes of claiming the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup silverware. Tyrone are no strangers to this stage, having won the competition for the last four years on the trot, while Derry will be aiming to collect their first title since 2011, where they defeated Tyrone in the decider.
Derry and Tyrone have already met in the group stages of this year’s competition at Owenbeg where Tyrone prevailed by a single point in a five-goal thriller, so Saturday’s final is expected to be an equally contested encounter.
Throw-in at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Saturday evening is 7.30pm.
Speaking at this afternoon’s media call ahead of Saturday’s final, Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney, said:
“We have once again been treated to a fantastic Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, where the quality on the field has been outstanding and has been recognised by the great numbers of supporters out attending the games. I am looking forward to Saturday’s final and I am sure it will be a titanic tussle between the two outstanding teams in this year’s competition. I would like to pay tribute once again to the competition sponsors Bank of Ireland who have continued to support us in increasing the prestige and promotion of this excellent competition.”
Bernard Rooney, Head of Branches NI West, Bank of Ireland, said:
“This year’s Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup has again been a great success. We wish both teams; Derry & Tyrone, the best of luck for the game on Saturday which will no doubt be a great match. Bank of Ireland is proud to support a range of sporting events across the province to encourage competitive spirits among young people throughout our community.”
Photo caption: Pictured at a media call ahead of Saturday’s Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Final is Bank of Ireland Head of Branches NI West Bernard Rooney, Ulster GAA President Martin McAviney, Tyrone player Connor McAliskey and Derry player Daniel McKinless.