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LCC Championship Wins For Tattyreagh And Omagh

Sunday 23.09.2018
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

There were championship wins for Tattyreagh and Omagh St Endas at Strabane on Saturday afternoon but both teams were pushed all the way by their respective opponents north Tyrone sides Urney and Aghyaran.

The first game of the double header saw Tattyreagh start well with James Darcy, Eoghan Murray, Jarleth Mc Donagh and Brendan Armstrong prominent. The Tatts led by six at one stage before Urney rallied to go in at the break all square with Jamie Mc Aleer, Daryll Maxwell and Fergal Mc Nulty carrying the fight for the St. Columbas. 

The second half was nip and tuck but Tattyreagh enjoyed the majority of possession and created the better chances. Urney goalkeeper Kieth Neilis kept his team in the game with a couple of fine saves but Tattyreagh were very much on top and Jarleth Mc Donagh’s fine finish put his side five ahead.

Tattyreagh’s greater fitness and work rate began to tell and in spite of a late flurry of Urney attacks the Tatts deservedly made  it  through to the quarter finals.

Omagh had to come from behind and survive extra time before seeing off the challenge of a very competitive Aghyaran side in Saturday’s LCC senior championship first round. 

Trailing to an early Ronan O’Neill point a goal direct from a free kick nine minutes into the first half from the boot of Ronan Mc Hugh gave the St Davogs hope as they frustrated their more illustrious opponents for long periods. However Omagh managed to make the best of their limited opportunities to move three in front with the first half drawing to a close. A mistimed tackle on Mc Hugh saw the same player convert the resultant free and send Aghyaran in two down at the break.

The St. Davogs held Omagh scoreless for the first twenty minutes of the second half adding four points of their own to move two in front. Points from Ciaran Mc Laughlin and Conan Grugan tied the game as the clock ticked towards sixty plus minutes.

With time running out Aghyaran were afforded one last chance of glory with a long range free from goalkeeper Benny Gallen which clipped the post before being cleared.

Omagh’s goal in the second half of extra time from substitute Damian Mc Guigan proved to be the key score and knocked the fight out of Aghyaran. Further points from Conan Grugan and Conor Meyler saw Omagh through on a final score of 1-11 to 1-06.

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