Omagh CBS have qualified for the quarter finals of the Corn na nOg after overcoming St.Pat’s Maghera in a keenly contested group game at the weekend at Kildress.
The South Derry lads were physically very big and they dominated the opening quarter scoring no fewer than three goals despite playing into a very strong breeze. The CBS squad sparked into life with the introduction of Trillick’s Peter Garrity up front, who along with Diarmuid Martin, Adam Dolan and Brandon Downey got the scoreboard moving in favour of the west Tyrone lads. Padraig Goodman nipped up to score a late goal at the end of the first half and the Brothers were only too relieved to go in at half time playing with the breeze winning by the narrowest of margins, 1-8 to 3-1.
Omagh made several half time substitutions and some positional changes to the line-out for the second half. Young Matthew Garrity was introduced as a sweeper and instantly made an impact starting off a fantastic move that saw CBS score a great goal, neatly taken by Drumragh’s Conor Fyfe. Peter Garrity rifled in a penalty in quick succession and the Omagh side dominated proceedings for a lengthy period. Big full forward Matthew Diamond, Don Mullholland and Fíonn Cartin were a constant threat up front for Maghera alongside the small but highly versatile Enda Murphy.
Sean O’Kane and Donnacha Collins we’re outstanding in defence for Maghera intercepting numerous attacks with some fine tackling and blocking. The white jerseys trimmed with blue and black kept the pressure on and eventually were rewarded with a superb goal hitting the top corner of the net to make the final ten minutes of the game very tight indeed. Omagh responded well with some nicely taken frees and a Brandon Downey point left five between the sides at the final whistle. Mark McGeehan from Ballinderry was the official who did a great job in a keenly contested affair at the immaculate Kildress Wolf Tones GFC facilities. Omagh CBS now meet either St. Colman’s Newry or St Pats Armagh in the quarter final in two weeks time.