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Carmen Land Grade 1 Minor Championship

Saturday 08.05.2021
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone Grade 1 MFC Final
Carrickmore 1-17 Omagh 0-20
Carrickmore win 4 to 3 on penalties.

Photo courtesy of Rory Cox

Carrickmore opened the scoring in the second minute with a fine point from Daniel Fullerton and the same player doubled the advantage three minutes later following a passage of play was began with an excellent Tiarnan McGarrity block in the Carrickmore full back line.  Cahir Munroe moved Carmen three ahead before Omagh finally raised the white flag in the 13th minute.  Ronan Strain finding the target from a free following two earlier missed efforts from Omagh number eleven Ciaran McArdle.

Omagh reduced the deficit to one in the 18th minute thanks to a Tomas Haigney point from play but that Carrickmore lead quickly shifted out to four points.  Daniel Fullerton smashing the ball to the top right hand corner following ball in from Cahir Munroe.

To their credit Omagh stuck to the task.  First Ronan Strain hit a 22nd minute free.  That was followed by a score from Fullerton from a mark but Omagh hit back with an Oisin Miller point in the 28th minute.  Carrickmore looked good for a second goal in the 30th minute but Adam Groogan brilliantly turned Tiarnan McGarrity’s shot over the bar.

Two points from Miller and McArdle ensured that Omagh only trailed by two at the break.  Carrickmore 1-5 Omagh 0-6.

A series of poor wides dominated proceedings at the beginning of the second half before Brian Og Campbell fired over the first score for Omagh.  An Enda McCaffrey point levelled the game for the first time in the 40thminute before two more Daniel Fullerton points eased Carrickmore ahead by two once again.  

Omagh came back again with Oisin Miller thumping over his third and fourth points of the match either side of another Fullerton free.  Two St Enda’s point from the excellent Oisin Millar and Ronan Strain looked good enough to win the game for Omagh but Carrickmore struck late through Ciaran Cuddy and the excellent James Donaghy to salvage a draw.  They might well have won it had Oisin Rafferty converted what looked like a straightforward mark in injury time.  

Extra time produced probably the best football of the contest.  James Donaghy’s opening point was cancelled out by a similar effort from Omagh’s Ciaran McArdle.  Two Ronan Strain frees gave Omagh some daylight by the 7th minute of extra time before Carrickmore hit back through Fullerton and Donaghy.

As the second period got up and running Strain again had Omagh in front but Fullerton once again was on target two minutes later to cancel out the advantage.  The last two points of the game fell to Omagh’s Ronan Kelly and Carrickmore’s Cahir Loughran sent the game to penalties.

Carrickmore won the penalty shoot out 4 to 3 with Daniel Fullerton hitting what would prove to be the winning penalty ahead of a Colm Eccles penalty save to send the cup to Carmen.


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