Late Surge Sees Omagh CBS Make Rannafast Final.
Omagh CBS 1-10 Abbey CBS 0-11
With this Danske Bank Edmund Rice Rannafast Cup semi-final heading into injury time in Armagh on Friday afternoon Abbey CBS Newry seemed set for a two point win. However they had not factored in Omagh’s resilience and unwillingness to accept defeat as the Tyrone College hit two late scores to snatch a two point win.
Omagh forward Patrick O’Neill was on the end of a fine team move to hit the net before Shane Mc Guigan sealed the win with a fisted effort that left the Newry lads shell shocked and defeated. This was a very good game of football with plenty to keep the spectators interested as both teams produced some entertaining fare throughout.
The teams traded scores during the first half, but late points from Tiarnan McNamee free and Aidan Mc Sorley put Omagh 0-4 to 0-3 ahead at the break. Abbey responded in style in the second half as 3 points from Ryan Trainor frees and another from Cillian McAvoy transformed the game to put Abbey 0-8 to 0-5 in front.
Just when it seemed that things were looking bleak for Omagh they had key man Mc Sorley sent off after he picked up a straight red for a tackle on Abbey midfielder Conor McCoy. They were down to fourteen players and were really facing a backs to the wall situation. However the Tyrone lads dug deep and responded with 2 points from Rian Mc Kenna and a free from Mc Namee to level the game at 0-8 each.
Mc Avoy and Sheagh Dobbin hit two fine points for the Abbey who themselves were also reduced to fourteen men following a second yellow card for midfielder Mc Coy. Andrew McGrath and Trainor traded points but Abbey maintained a 2 points lead before Omagh midfielder McConnell prompted a special team goal and that ensured victory for Omagh CBS.
Odhran Mc Ginn, James Darcy and the diminutive Rian McKenna were excellent at the back for Omagh, although Trainor and Cillian Mc Avoy picked off some great scores. Padraig McGirr and Eamon McConnell had a real battle in the middle with McCoy and up front Fergus Quinn and Cathair McKinney were outstanding for the winners.
Abbey : Ryan Trainor 0-5, 0-3 frees, Cillian McAvoy 0-3, Fergus Quinn 0-1, Shea Gregory 0-1, Sheagh Dobbin 0-1
Omagh CBS: Patrick O’Neill 1-0, Tiarnan McNamee 0-3 frees, Rian McKenna 0-2, Andrew McGrath 0-2, Aidan McSorley 0-1, Shane McGuigan 0-1.