Derrygonnelly joint manager Brendan Rasdale feels that there will be no big surprises for either side when his Harps outfit come up against Tyrone champions Trillick in Brewster Park on Sunday November 3.

Derrygonnelly booked their place in the last eight of the Ulster Club SFC with victory over Antrim champions Cargin on Sunday and the focus has now switched to the meeting with Trillick.

“The two teams would know each other well as we would have played each other regularly in challenge matches.

“Also, the boys would all know each other well through school as well and that’s probably unusual for the Ulster club,” said Rasdale.

Trillick have come through a tough Tyrone championship and while Rasdale acknowledges that the Harps will be underdogs, he expects his side to make life tough for the visitors.

“I suppose if the quarter finals were being seeded then Trillick would be in the top four seeds and we would be in the bottom four but we think that we will compete and Trillick will have to work hard for a result against us.

“We are aware that they are fancied and they have had a tough run to get out of Tyrone where they have shown a high level of performance and intensity which we will need to be ready for.

“People are thinking maybe that it has opened up well and Trillick and will have an opportunity but it is up to us to throw a spanner in the works,” he added.

Derrygonnelly will enter the game in a confident frame of mind after their win over Cargin.

“This win will feed into the boys and give them an added confidence.

“Also, it was important for us to get another win in Ulster, the likes of Enniskillen and Roslea had won games in the Ulster Club and we wanted to do that again as well.”

While previous Ulster campaigns might not have went the way that the Harps would have liked, they have learned from them.

“The group has become quite good at managing games and managing possession a lot better. Maybe we are still not quite converting as many chances as we would like for the amount of possession that we have but also we are not conceding many scores from throwing possession away. That element of control and using possession well has improved,” he said.

Two early goals were key for Derrygonnelly on Sunday and Rasdale felt that it left them in a strong position at the interval.

“There is no doubt that the two goals were critical scores and they gave us a situation going in at half time where as long as we kept the points ticking over then in the second half, which we did reasonably, it was probably unlikely that they would get enough scores to win the game,” stated Brendan.

And their well drilled defence saw them over the line in the second half as they repelled whatever Cargin had to throw at them.

“The turn over count would be good and that’s the way it is going to have to be. It’s about working really hard to be in the right positions during games so that you can close opponents down.

“You have to be very organised and everybody has to do their job,” he concluded.