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Eoghan Ruadh/ CNG Secure Minor League Title
The amalgamated Eoghan Ruadh/CNG under 17s lifted the Grade 3 Minor League title following an impressive win on Wednesday evening at Drumquin. They defeated a very gutsy Pomeroy side that never stopped battling right to the final whistle. The platform for the win was an impressive first half that saw the north Tyrone lads establish a deserved 3-9 to 0-6 half time lead. Pomeroy did make a real go of it in the second half but even though they worked hard they had left themselves with too much to do and ER/CNG eased to a deserved 4-18 to 3-12 win.
Both sides looked lively early on with Aidan Hegarty and Daire Mc Gonigle putting ER/CNG two up inside the opening minute. Pomeroy responded to level the scores with points from Odhran Hagan and Felim Quinn before Hegarty edged ER/CNG in front with a sublime finish. Hagan replied with a brace of points to put Pomeroy 0-4 to 0-3 ahead but four points in a row from the north Tyrone lads put them 0-7 to 0-4 ahead. Paudie Harvey narrowed the gap after a fine run but ER/CNG were starting to go through the gears and 3-2 without reply sent them in at the break in a very strong position. Substitute Oran Gallagher banged in a brace of goals and set up Hegarty for a third with a fine pass that was finished to the net by the flying half forward with the cleverest of flicks. Ryan Kelly and Daire Mc Gonigle rounded off the ER/CNG first half scoring with a point apiece before Charlie O’Donnell fired over a fine point for Pomeroy just on the half time whistle.
The second half saw both sides produce some quality football and create numerous chances. Goal chances were spurned by both sides as ER/CNG stretched their lead courtesy of points from Hegarty, the outstanding Robbie Conway, Mc Gonigle, Adam Coyle and Ashton Devine. Pomeroy refused to throw in the towel and scores from Peter Mc Goldrick and Ryan Mc Callan and a goal from Phelim Quinn gave them renewed hope. A converted free from Quinn left the score 3-15 to 1-10 with thirteen minutes left and a certain nervousness began to creep into the ER/CNG play as Pomeroy went for broke.
Oran Gallagher pointed to steady the ship before Hegarty stretched the lead again with 1-1 inside a minute to settle the game. With time running out Pomeroy managed to add a further brace of goals from Quinn and Joseph Harte to but it was a case of too little too late and ER/CNG saw the game out to lift the title on a full time score of 4-18 to 3-12 in favour of a very pacy and skilful ER/CNG side.