Coalisland condemned Moortown to intermediate football next year with a convincing victory at Fr Peter Campbell Park.
As expected, there was plenty of nerves on display in this Division One relegation playoff. Moortown played with wind advantage and opened the scoring through Blaine Ryan from a mark. From the resultant kick out, Moortown nearly got a goal. Shea Lawn reacted quickest to a poor clearance, but his shot came back off the cross bar. Peter Devlin tagged on a free in the fifth minute which proved to be Moortown’s final score of the half.
Man of the match Tiernan Quinn opened his account after 6 minutes before Plunkett Kane levelled matters midway through the half. With twenty minutes played, Brian McLernon threaded a pass through to Tarlach Quinn, whose shot was well saved by Dylan Woods.
Crucially, for the Fianna, they finished the half stronger with points from Quinn, Kane, Herron, and McNeice saw them lead 7-2, at the break.
The second half was much more controlled by Coalisland as the anticipated revival from a disappointing Moortown side, never materialised.
Coalisland continued to win the break balls and play on the counter. In the forty third minute Peter Herron cut out a through ball in his own half and charged forward. He linked up with Niall Devlin who fed Tiarnan Quinn in space. Passing up the chance of an easy point, Quinn beat his defender before smashing to the net.
Ryan Kelly picked up a late black card as the Fianna eased to victory with further points from Quinn, Kane, and Devlin.
Coalisland now must wait on the winner of the Division 2 playoff winner, which will take several weeks to sort out.