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Agonising One Point Defeat for Omagh

Sunday 30.11.2014
Team Talk Mag

It took an injury time winner from the excellent Christopher Bradley to earn Slaughtneil their very first Ulster senior football title over Omagh this afternoon.  The Tyrone champions were in excellent shape at the break going in 1-5 to 1-2 ahead following their brilliant response to the early set back of conceding a goal after just 50 seconds from Cormac O’Doherty.

That score was followed up by a long range point from Christopher Bradley to give Mickey Moran’s side the perfect start.  However points from the industrious Connor O’Donnell and Aaron Grugan, who shot an excellent score in the 18th minute, pulled Omagh into the game.  Omagh finished the half scoring 1-2 without reply.  Captain Hugh Gallagher joined the attack to strike as did Joe McMahon who spent most of the half patrolling his own 45 metre line.  Then came the Omagh goal as the St Endas threw off the shackles to land the best score of the opening half.  Conan Grugan cut through the Slaughtneil defence and found Barry Tierney who rifled the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.

After the break Patsy Bradley took control of the midfield area in spite of Omagh getting the first score of the half through Tierney to open the gap to four.  Slaughtneil dragged themselves back into the contest with points from Christopher, Ronan and Paul Bradley and with 13 minutes to go the sides were level.

In a nerve jangling last ten minutes Ronan O’Neill’s free was cancelled out by Christopher Bradley before the same man kicked the winning point in injury time.  A hugely disappointing end to the game for the St Enda’s men who may well feel that they left the Ulster title behind them.

SLAUGHTNEIL: A McMullan; C Cassidy, K McKaigue, B Rogers; F McEldowney, C McKaigue, B McGuigan; Patsy Bradley, P McGuigan; P Kelly, C Bradley, R Bradley; G Bradley, Paul Bradley, C O’Doherty. Subs: P Cassidy for Kelly (40), P McNeill for Rogers (42), S McGuigan for R Bradley (47)

Scorers for Slaughtneil: C O’Doherty 1-2, C Bradley 0-4, G Bradley 0-1, R Bradley 0-1, B McGuigan 0-1, P Bradley 0-1 (f)
OMAGH ST ENDA’S: R Clarke; H Gallagher, Justin McMahon, S Mullan; C McLaughlin, B Tierney, C McMahon; Joe McMahon, C Grugan; A Grugan, J McAnulla, C O’Neill; C O’Donnell, R O’Neill, C Meyler. Subs: J Colton for O’Donnell (49), C Clarke for C O’Neill (54), D Kerr for McLaughlin (60)

Scorers for Omagh: B Tierney 1-1, C O’Donnell 0-2, R O’Neill 0-2 (2f), A Grugan 0-1, Joe McMahon 0-1, C O’Neill 0-1, H Gallagher 0-1

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)



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