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Friday Night Football

Friday 06.06.2014
Team Talk Mag



There were four championship games played on Friday evening in Tyrone at two venues. The Junior game between Beragh and Errigal Thirds at Killyclogher finished all square after Errigal trailed by a point at the break 2-3 to 0-8.

While that game was taking place Brackaville and Pomeroy were also playing out an entertaining draw at Donaghmore in their Intermediate Championship clash. Brackaville hit a couple couple of early goals through Sean Mc Nally and Ciaran Gervin and kept Pomeroy at arm’s length for most of the first half to reach the break leading 2-2 to 0-3. Hugh Mc Namee, Olllie Mc Creesh and Kevin Armstrong hit a point apiece for the Plunketts in a frustrating first half for them.

Pomeroy missed a number of early second half chances to close the gap but when midfielder Brendan Cunningham fisted to the net in the seventh minute their confidence soared. With six minutes remaining they led by two 1-9 to 2-4 following points from Mc Namee, Ronan Quinn, Chris Colhoun and Hugh Pat Mc Geary. At that stage it seemed there could only be one winner.

However Brackaville rallied and Sean Corr punched to the net to put the Owen Roes one up with three to go. Pomeroy showed a bit of character to force their way back into the game and level it through Hugh Mc Namee with time almost up as the game ended 1-10 to 3-4.

The second game in Donaghmore saw Dungannon deservedly defeat Galbally 1-13 to 2-6. It was a very impressive team display from the Clarkes with outstanding displays from David Walsh, Colm Corrigan, Peter Muldoon, Johnathan Toal, Kiefer Morgan, Matthew Walsh and Patrick Quinn.

Dungannon began well and led 1-2 to a point after nine minutes following Kiefer Morgan’s penalty. Galbally managed to stop the rot with a goal from county minor Enda Mc Garrity who later had to leave the field with an ankle injury. However it was the Clarkes who were playing the better football and they created no fewer than seven great goal scoring chances in the first half but failed to convert any.

Such profligacy was part of the reason they reached the break a point in front on a half time score of 1-5 to 1-4 with their goal coming from the penalty spot courtesy of Kiefer Morgan.

Dungannon continued to dominate after the break and were full value for their win. Galbally only managed to score three times in the second half with one of those scores a last minute penalty from Paul Rafferty. Padraig Mc Nulty, Kiefer Morgan and Patrick Quinn were all on target for a very impressive Dungannon side as they eased to a 1-13 to 2-6 first round victory.

Urney came back from seven points down at half time to defeat Kildress 0-11 to 0-10 in the second of tonight’s matches at Killyclogher. The St Columbas found the going tough in the opening period against the wind but staged a mini revival early in the secong half. However when Kildress moved 0-10 to 0-5 ahead midway through the second period it seemed the Tones were set for the win.

Both teams lost a man each and then the come back really began as Urney rediscovered the sort of form that saw them impress in last year’s championship run. Plunkett Langan[2], Jamie Mc Aleer [4] Johnny Lafferty, [1] TJ Duffy, [1] Ronan Lafferty [2] and Stephen Lafferty [2] were all on target for the winners as they made it through to the quarter finals by the narrowest of margins.



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