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Carrickmore See Off Omagh Threat To Claim Title

Sunday 03.12.2023
Team Talk Mag
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Carrickmore and Omagh served up a high quality, entertaining Under 14 Development League final on Sunday at Darcy Park Tattyreagh. The game was close and exciting throughout and played in a hugely sporting manner. Carrickmore led by a point at the break after having made a fast start with a goal from a penalty rebound two minutes into the game.

Omagh goalkeeper Ronan O’Neill, who was superb throughout, made a brilliant save from  Oisin Mc Elholm but the Carrickmore full forward responded quickest to fire it to the net. Both sides created half chances and enjoyed plenty of possession but shots on target were few and far between.

Omagh needed a score and it came after fourteen minutes when midfielder Junior Fullen’s long range shot evaded the Carrickmore fullback line and deceived goalkeeper Seamus Mc Elhatton before finishing up in the net.

Carrickmore recovered quickly however winning the next few possessions in midfield with Aidan Og Loughran and Rory Mc Elduff putting in a strong shift. A brace of points from player of the match Aaron Mc Elholme put Carrickmore two clear again but back came Omagh once more. Scores from Jacob Hassett and Daithi Mc Ginn had the teams tied on 1-2 apiece heading towards half time and just when it seemed the half would end level Carrickmore snatched the lead with a well taken score from corner forward Eoin Conlon.

Half time score : Carrickmore 1-3, Omagh 1-2

Omagh got the perfect start to the second half with an early goal when a goalmouth scramble was finished to the net by the hardworking Dara Sheridan. Omagh stretched their lead with a point from Hassett and with their half back line of Jamie Mc Crossan, Conal Mc Caffrey and Matthew Doherty working hard they kept their opponents at arms’ length.

However like Carrickmore sides down the decades they found a way with six points in a row. Eoin Daly, Rory Mc Elduff, Oisin Mc Elholme, Ronan Hurson and Aaron Mc Elholme were all on target as Carrickmore pulled clear. Omagh battled hard to get back into the game and reduce the deficit but their opponents restricted them to a single point from the boot of Jacob Hassett as Carrickmore sealed the win with the final score of the match from Ronan Hurson.

Final score: Carrickmore 1-10, Omagh St Endas 2-4

A special word for referee Odhran Leonard who was officiating at his first youth final and did a really good job. Maith thû Odhran

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