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Consecutive Feile Titles For Galbally Pearses.
Today’s Grade One Feile semi finals and final produced some high quality and very competitive action. The first semi final was a loughshore derby between Moortown and Ardboe and the Moortown lads lived up to their billing as favourites with a very comprehensive victory.
The second game was a battle of the blues as Dromore faced Galbally. Dromore lost the toss and were forced to wear their changed strip but they made the perfect start with a goal after two minutes from midfielder Peter Teague. Galbally however refused to panic and goals from Calum Kelly and Mark Quinn ensured that the Pearses went in leading 2-3 to a goal at half time.
Dromore came out in the second half with all guns blazing and with Teague, Sludden and Mc Nulty driving them on they set about closing the gap. The game was fairly evenly balanced when Ronan Loughran netted for Galbally and that goal knocked the heart out of Dromore and ensured the Pearses made it through to the final.
The final itself was a low scoring but fiercely competitive game between two very well drilled and evenly matched sides. Moortown’s facile win over their neighbours probably caught up with them but Paul Devlin’s side led at half time three points to two following several good frees from Jamie Devlin. Indeed it could have much worse for Galbally who were wind assisted in the opening half had it not been for a fantastic save from goalkeeper Enda Mc Aleer. Galbally’s scorers during the first period were Calum Kelly and Patrick Quinn.
A Daniel Kerr point put Galbally 4-3 ahead but back came Moortown to level courtesy of another Jamie Devlin score. Then came the score that decided the game as Colm Mc Aleer hit the net for the only goal of the game. Moortown showed great spirit and determination and almost levelled immediately only for goalkeeper Enda Mc Aleer to make another outstanding match winning save. Jamie Devlin did manage to get another couple of scores for Moortown but Galbally held out to win 1-4 to 0-6 to win back to back Feile titles for the first time in their history. The Pearses will now represent Tyrone in the All Ireland Feile competition in Cork during July and we offer our congratulations and best wishes to them.