Tyrone’s recent record of success in Colleges football continued this morning in Gavin Duffy Park Monaghan when Omagh CBS defeated a highly fancied St. Patrick’s Cavan side. Team captain Gavin Slane and Patrick O’Neill led the way in terms of scoring for their side as the Tyrone lads caused something of an upset. The “Brothers” set their stall out early with O’Neill and Slane getting scores in the first ten minutes. Omagh led 0-2 to no score and strong defensive work by the boys in maroon kept the Cavan side scoreless for much of the first half.
With half time approaching Patrick O’Neill netted a fabulous individual score beating three defenders on the run and finishing to the net to leave the score 1-2 to no score. Gavin Slane pointed almost immediately and it looked like the Omagh side would go in at the break holding a very commanding lead. Cavan did manage to break their duck two minutes into injury time when Paul Leddy knocked over their first score of the day.
Ben Connaughty opened the scoring two minutes into the second half for Cavan but a point from Slane eased the pressure on the Omagh side. However ten minutes in and a fine goal from Ronan O’Reilly left just two points between the sides and it was really game on. Manful defending from Tiernan Mc Namee and Rion Mc Kenna however ensured Omagh kept their noses in front. With the game entering the final quarter Slane again extended the lead with an incredible free to leave the score 1-5 to 1-2 for Omagh CBS. Further points from O’Neill and Slane in the 17th and 18th minutes provided further breathing space for their side and although Cavan scored the last two points of the day the Tyrone lads held on to record a memorable victory on a final score of Omagh CBS 1-7, St. Patrick’s Cavan 1-4.