The wait for back to back winners in the Tyrone LCC Senior Championship goes on following Dromore’s semi final defeat to Errigal Ciaran in Sunday night’s semi final at O’Neills Healy Park.
Played in very challenging conditions the scoring threat of the Canavan brothers Ruairi and Darragh proved decisive with only a single point separating the sides at the end on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-10.
Errigal played with the elements in the first half and made good use of long early balls into their inside forwards. Darragh opened the scoring on three minutes with a converted free after Ruairi had been fouled as the Dromore defence took time to settle.
Thomas Canavan doubled the lead with a point from play before Emmett Mc Nabb scored Dromore’s first point of the evening. Darragh Canavan and Mc Nabb swapped scores and with eleven minutes on the clock Errigal led 0-3 to 0-2. However Errigal then hit four points in a row to move 0-7 to 0-2 ahead with Ruairi Canavan (1), Darragh Canavan (2) and Tommy Canavan (1) on target.
With nine minutes of the half remaining Errigal appeared set to pull away from their opponents. Dromore however dug deep and led by Peter Teague closed the gap to two with scores from Teague himself, Ryan Mc Cusker and Emmett Mc Nabb before Darragh Canavan rounded off the scoring for the first half with a converted twenty mete free deep in injury time.
Half time score – Errigal Ciaran 0-8, Dromore 0-5
As the second half began the weather conditions worsened and both sides found shooting and scoring very difficult. Peter Harte opened the scoring for the second half with a well struck free. It took Dromore ten minutes before they managed to hit their first point of the second period. With seventeen minutes of the half gone Darragh Canavan clipped over his sixth point of the game to stretch the lead out to four points.
Dromore had their backs to the wall and had to push up and press Errigal further up the field. Points from Peter Teague and Emmett Mc Nabb reduced the gap to two before Ruairi Canavan made it a three point game once more with six minutes left. Ryan Mc Menamin’s side created a half chance for a goal but Ethan Rafferty’s shot sailed over the bar. Peter Teague pointed to make it a one point game but time ran out for Dromore and Errigal made it through to the final and a meeting with their neighbours and rivals Carrickmore.