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Harps Win Extra Time Thriller

Saturday 15.09.2018
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

Stewartstown are through to the LCC GROUP Intermediate championship quarter final after winning an extra time thriller with Strabane at Healy Park on Friday evening. After an uneventful first half things really came to live after the break with both sides giving it everything that they had in pursuit of victory.

Dan Lowe, who finished with a hugely impressive 1-10 to his name, opened the scoring before the same player struck for a brilliant goal in the 10th minute. Three minutes later he was unlucky not t add another major when his shot struck the base of the post after good work from James Kelly. At the end of the opening quarter the Sigersons opened their account when midfielder Martin Mongan palmed to the net but the Harps led 1-4 to 1-1 at the break as Conor and Macauley Quinn tagged on quality points.

Within five minutes of the restart Stewartstown had doubled their lead thanks to scores from Lowe [2] and Gareth Devlin and it looked as though they would ease to victory. Strabane though had other ideas as they finally came out of their shell. Ruairi Gormley and Warner Mullen converted frees with the latter also making no mistake from the penalty spot at the end of the third quarter.

Mullen and Macauley Quinn exchanged points before a brace from the impressive Gormley within sixty seconds of each other had Strabane in front with eight minutes to go. Brian Breslin and Danny McBride added points as Strabane moved three clear. Lowe replied but when Strabane substitute David Taylor split the posts it was 2-9 to 1-9 with just a minute of normal time left. Devlin reduced the deficit before Lowe left the minimum between the sides before a row broke out that saw players from both sides dismissed. Lowe held his nerve to knock over a pressure free with the last kick to leave it 2-9 to 1-12 and force extra time.

Taylor edged the Sigersons in front in the first attack but the Harps responded in style with Lowe tagging on a brace either side of one from substitute Paul Dillon. Ruairi McElroy had the final say in the first period of extra time from a free to leave it 1-15 to 2-11 at the turnover. Once again Strabane scored in the first attack through Kyle Morrison to level matters but they were never able to get in front. Stewartstown finished the stronger with scores from Lowe, Peter Armour, Macauley Quinn and Owen Coyle as it finished 1-19 to 2-13.

 

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