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Man-of-the-match: Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Man-of-the-match: Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Man-of-the-match: Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Not every footballer gets an opportunity to play a competitive inter-county match on his home ground but for Darren McCurry, not only did he realise that ambition on Sunday, he made the most of it with a man-of-the-match display as Tyrone edged out Kerry in a robust National League Division 1 battle.

McCurry scored Tyrone's last four points to stay ahead down the home straight. With fellow Edendork man Niall Morgan posting four points from frees and rookie Con Kilpatrick also contributing it was a proud day for the home club, whose clubhouse was burned down by loyalist paramilitaries in 2008.

With Healy Park in Omagh unplayable, the switch was made to Edendork and McCurry gave the locals something to remember for a long time.

"I was never as grateful as my ambition was always to get playing a National League match on my home ground. But at the end of the day, we're just glad to get the win and go over the line after last week's performance," he said.

"It was massive to come here and get the result, especially for the confidence because after last week we didn't show that much confidence.

"The fact that there were three Edendork players on the team made this game even more special and a day I'll never forget. I've probably hit hundreds of thousands of shots into these goals, been up here all my life. My home house is just over the road."

Irish Independent