Tuesday 24 October 2017

Moy will recover from latest arson attack - Cavanagh

Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh is confident that his Moy GAA club will recover after being the targed of a second arson attack in just six months. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh is confident that his Moy GAA club will recover after being the targed of a second arson attack in just six months. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone star Colm Cavanagh has no doubt that his Moy GAA club will bounce back after being hit by a second arson attack in just six months.

The clubhouse was burnt down last year and had recently been reopened but last week there was a fresh attack on a new purpose-built gym on the grounds .

"It's the second time in six months," Cavanagh (right) said. "It's a difficult one. The club rooms were up and going after the first attack, reopened about two weeks ago, and they have a (gym) put up externally beside the clubhouse.

"It was attacked again a couple of nights ago, burnt the place, and it's gone. The gym only opened on February 1 for all the lads and it's gone again.

"So many people have helped us out in so many ways over the last few months," said Cavanagh. "They've helped us get back on our feet and I have no doubt that there'll be no problem getting the club back to where it needs to be.

"The club had no gym, we had one open and the lads were really looking forward to working in it because strength and conditioning is such a big part of football now.

"That's going to be a setback for us on that side of things, but hopefully we can get it sorted, move forward and put it behind us."

Cavanagh wouldn't be drawn on who may be responsible for the attacks but revealed he is "baffled" as to why the club was attacked for the second time.

"Traditionally the two communities come together in various places, in the gym as well, and everyone works in well. It baffles me how it's happened a second time.

"The first time you say, 'These things happen' and we've gotten on with it, but for it to happen a second time is very strange, definitely. There has never been any issue with the two communities around the Moy before."

On the field, Tyrone secured promotion back to Division 1 after winning their first five games of their campaign. However, their form dropped as they drew their final two matches against Armagh and Fermanagh.

And Cavanagh denied they took those games for granted as they prepare for a final clash with in-form Cavan in Croke Park on Sunday fortnight.

"People will probably look at those games and say Tyrone were running players or they were complacent but that wasn't the case," he insisted.

"If you look at the team selection from Mickey (Harte), we had the strongest team out every league game. Mickey has always said he wants to win every single game and he has drilled that into us from day one. People will look at it saying we took he foot off the pedal but that's not the case.

"We are bitterly disappointed to have two draws from our last two games and on the flip side Cavan lost their first two but have won every game since comfortably since. We have a few things to work on going into the final."

Irish Independent

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