Tummery Athletic player/manager Ryan Hanna hailed his side's players after another enthralling extra-time performance at Ferney Park.

This time, they sealed a first Mulhern Cup since 2019 to add to their three league titles on the bounce. 

"It's brilliant," Hanna said after full-time. 

"It was an outpouring of relief there given all that's gone on the last while and the players were fully focused on tonight. You could see how we came and set our stall out really quickly. We were progressive, we were hungry, we probably should have scored.

"It was a rollercoaster game, Tummery never do it the easy way, you could see that because we scored and went into our shell. Dergview deservedly got their equaliser for the pressure they put on, then to go 3-1 up to 3-2.

"It was an outpouring of relief but it's brilliant for a club this size and the support from the community, the young people and families. They (Tummery) need to be competing in all honours every year, in my opinion, and it's been too long since they won a Mulhern Cup."

A 3-0 win over Kesh five years ago was the club's last involvement in a final despite dramatic endings to league seasons over the past few years. 

"We've had big nights, people have said we haven't been to a final in five years but we played Dergview down there a few years ago and needed to win it (the league), we played Strathroy Harps down there and needed to win it," Hanna added. 

"To me, they were finals in the league, they were all or nothing but there's something special about the cup, you see the fans here, the crowd, you'll go back now to Dromore and celebrate in Tummery style. 

"There's just something special about cup nights and going through the rounds but it's so satisfying and well done to the lads because they were immense given the heat, work rate and the subs that came on, it was a full squad performance."

After a 0-0 draw with Enniskillen Rangers in the Mulhern semi-final, two goals in extra-time saw Tummery go on to win on penalties.

When asked what was going through his head after Dale Maxwell's 92nd-minute equaliser, Hanna responded: "Here we go again, Déjà vu, it was a last kick of the game against Rangers in extra time.

"But I said to the lads: 'We've been here before, we've already seen this and succeeded'.

"So, we broke it down, it's a new game, two 10-minute halves to go and win the Mulhern Cup and bring it back to Dromore.

"You can see the way we played the extra time and went 3-1 up, we were probing, we were pushing. The goals were fortuitous but we put defenders in compromising positions and if they hadn't swung a head or foot at it, a Tummery man would have been on the end of it, so absolutely delighted."

Ferney Park hosted a sea of claret and blue on Friday, as what felt like half of Dromore, made the trip to Ballinamallard to witness a sixth Mulhern Cup win for the club.

"The club's growing," Hanna said on the support.

"The work that is being done at underage, you wouldn't have maybe seen this support from Tummery 10 years ago. I'm not here 10 years but the members and the officials here would tell you that.

"It's thriving, it's a community club, you see all the young people all through the age groups and the things they're doing off the pitch and this is why you see nights like this as a legacy.

"I remember games when I was younger, looking up to players, and that still sticks in my mind, so, I'm delighted to have nights like these for the young people. They'll go home tonight and talk about Paudi Dillon's goal and they'll talk about the celebrations and that's what football is all about."