Clonoe came very close to defeating a highly fancied Carrickmore side last weekend in Omagh and when Stephen Mc Nulty won possession close to the Carrickmore goal with time ticking away and his side leading by a point, it looked like he might have sealed the win. Unfortunately for the big midfielder he found himself shooting from what was a difficult angle for a left footer and his shot narrowly missed the target. Time was almost up but Carmen dug deep to find the equalising score and drew the game.
Both teams will feel they could have won the drawn game but will also realise it could have slipped away on them just as easily. A draw was a fair result on the night and this weekend it will be interesting to see who has learnt the most from the first game. Carrickmore kept Colm Mc Gurk quite deep last time out which restricted his support of the attack. Against Errigal he scored three points from play and was a major threat with his powerful running from midfield. Perhaps Ciaran Mc Bride may decide to re-jig his side to accommodate a more attack minded approach but the tactical battle will be worth watching.
Clonoe coach Damian Cassidy will have been happy enough with his side’s showing but will be slightly disappointed with their failure to close the game out. The Edendork pitch might suit them better and history would appear to be on their side as shown by the O’Rahillys win over Carrickmore at the same venue back in 2008. However they will need to be more clinical in their finishing and sharper to the break ball if they are to win this one. Extra time looks a possibility and experience will be vital so it looks like it could well be a narrow win for Carrickmore.