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Donaghmore And Cookstown Into Minor Final

Sunday 18.02.2024
Team Talk Mag
Club


The 2023 Grade one minor championship final will be between Donaghmore and Cookstown after they both came through their delayed semi finals on Saturday afternoon. Holders Donaghmore led from start to finish at home to Trillick but it was only in the final quarter that they managed to pull away from their opponents to win 0-14 to 0-6.

Donaghmore led 0-6 to 0-2 at the break with Noah Grimes hitting a trio of quality points from play with Conor O’Neill, Joey Clarke and keeper Conan McGarvey also on target, Charlie Donnelly and Liam Corry with a free each for the visitors. Trillick had kicked a few wides in the closing stages of the first half but they got their act together in the third quarter with midfielder Donnelly hitting three in a row, two of which were quality efforts from distance.

Only the minimum separated the two sides at this stage but Trillick managed only another Donnelly point as Donaghmore seized control. Grimes converted four frees with Ronan Molloy scoring two as well while there were points from play from Ultan Quinn and Joseph Kelly as they moved into their third final in a row.

 

Eglish travelled to Paddy Cullen Park hoping to take another step towards the double but they came up against a fired up Cookstown side who were in complete control after the opening quarter before having to dig out a 3-12 to 3-10 win after a brilliant spectacle. Lorcan McMurray and Keegan Hampsey both found the net in the opening seven minutes and when Karl Wawreynkiewicz, Michael McElhatton and Michael Lennon all tagged on points there was twelve between the sides. A Lorcan Hegarty goal got the Eglish challenge up and running and Ronan Bradley added two points to leave it 2-7 to 1-2 at the break.

Caolan Donaghy and Conor Holmes had early second half points for Eglish but Cookstown responded with a second major from McMurray. Back came Eglish with a Cormac Toye goal and after McElhatton and Bradley had swapped points Ross Daly narrowed the gap to three. Karl McGuigan and Nathan Horsfield both registered for their respective sides before a Turlough Muldoon goal left it all square with just a minute of normal time left to play.

It looked as though Eglish had all the momentum but the Father Rocks showed great resolve to hit back and win a contest that they had earlier looked to have already sewn up. Hampsey landed a brilliant mark for the lead before McMurray took his personal haul to 1-5 with the insurance point from a free.

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