Omagh St. Enda’s back in County Final as Derrylaughan remain on course for Div2 double

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A glorious sunny evening, to bring the curtain down on the month of September, brought another huge crowd out for the championship double bill in Pomeroy and there was also a similar pattern in both ties. While Omagh came from 6 down going into the final quarter to win by one point, Derylaughan remarkably recovered from a nine-point margin to win by 5 points, a 14 point turnaround.

Omagh St. Enda’s back in County Final…

2014 Tyrone Senior Champions and Ulster club finalists, Omagh St. Enda’s, are back in the county Final after an absorbing contest against the 2015 champions, Trillick, in Pomeroy this evening,

The last Saturday of September brought glorious sunshine and a huge crowd to Pomeroy for the Intermediate and Senior Championship semi finals.

Omagh missed a number of chances in the opening period, with 7 wides, and could have had the games opening goal just before the short whistle when Conor O’Donnell raced through the centre only to see his blistering shot rocket off the Trillick crossbar. Lee Brennan (3), Richie Donnelly and James Garrity were on target for the 2015 champions with impressive centre-forward Conan Grugan hitting 0-3, Ronan O’Neill and Conor O’Donnell also on target for St. Enda’s leaving them deadlocked at 0-5 apiece at the break.

Ryan Gray, Mattie Donnelly, and Daire Gallagher all hit the target on the restart and a screamer of a goal from Richie Donnelly, beating four players and hitting the roof of the net from 20 metres put Trillick firmly ion the driving seat with 40 minutes goon, leading 1-9 to 0-6.

Omagh’s Gregory Murray intercepts Trillick’s James Garrity’s hand pass

But from there it was Omagh who effectively controlled the game, pushing up much deeper in the Trillick half. Within a minute Ronan O’Neill hit the corner of the Trillick net and Cormac O’Neill and Ryan Gray traded points to make it 1-10 to 1-7 with 10 minutes to go. Trillick failed to find their range thereafter as Barry Tierney, Ronan O’Neill and Conan Grugan all scored to level the tie. Big Joe McMahon then fired over a ’45’ with 4 minutes to go and that proved to be the last score of the game as Omagh held out in a frenetic closing exchanges to book their place back in the County Final.

They will await the winners of Sunday’s other semi-final involving Pomeroy and Errigal Ciaran to decide the SFC final line-up for 2017.

Omagh: Ronan O’Neill (1-2), Conan Grugan (0-4), Conor O’Donnell (0-2), Cormac O’Neill (0-1), Barry Tierney (0-1), Joe McMahon (0-1)

Trillick: Richie Donnelly (1-1), Lee Brennan (0-3), Ryan Gray (0-2), James Garrity (0-2), Mattie Donnelly (0-1), Daire Gallagher (0-1)

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Derrylaughan remain on course for the Intermediate double!

In Division 2, Derrylaughan Kevin Barry’s have already secured the league crown in 2017 and took on an Aghyaran side, who had lost out in the league race on scoring difference, in the semi-final of the Intermediate championship.

The St. Davogs came screaming out of the traps in this one as they found themselves with a 2-4 to 0-1 lead on the quarter hour mark, the goals from Ronan McHugh and Malachy Martin. A penalty conversion just before the break by Fergal McAliskey made it 2-6 to 1-4 in favour of Aghyaran at the break and they added two more from McNamee and Sean Byrne, leaving 7 between them, before the major Barry’s revival began.

A Tomas Carney goal and two points from McAliskey were then followed by a Paul Donnelly goal to send Derrylaughan ahead, 3-6 to 2-8, with 15 minutes to go. Three more McAliskey points and one from Liam Gervin meant that the Barry’s had turned a 7 point deficit into a 5 point lead in a 14 minute spell of play. That was enough to guarantee Derrylaughan a County Final place as they traded a brace of scores apiece late on, with the Barry’s winning through by 3-12 to 2-10.

Derrylaughan: Fergal McAliskey (1-6), Tomas Carney (1-1), Paul Donnelly (1-0), Ciaran Quinn (0-2), Brian Kennedy (0-1), Liam Gervin (0-1), Ciaran Gervin (0-1)

Aghyaran: Ronan McHugh (1-3), Malachy Martin (1-1), Ronan McNamee (0-2), Benny Gallen (0-1), Cathal Browne (0-1), Sean Byrne (0-1), Eoin Byrne (0-1)

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