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Heartache For The Tatts

Saturday 18.11.2017
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


It was last minute heartache for Tattyreagh as they lost out by a single point to Donegal champions Naomh Colmcille 2-7 to 1-9 in Saturday night’s Ulster Junior Club semi final.

With a place in the provincial final at stake the Tyrone lads showed fantastic character as they recovered from falling five points behind nine minutes into the second half to level the game with seven minutes remaining. Unfortunately for them they missed several great chances to move ahead and paid the ultimate price when Naomh Colmcille midfielder Daniel Clarke converted a thirty metre free with only seconds remaining.

In a close first half Tattyreagh missed  two superb chances of goals during the opening fifteen minutes but still led 0-4 to 0-3 with points from Johnny Harkin (2), Gareth Mimnagh and James Darcy responding to early scores from Daniel Clarke, Ryan Mc Erlane and Willie Gillespie.

Just when it seemed that the Tyrone champions were beginning to get on top they were rocked back on their heels when Naomh Colmcille capitalised on a turnover deep in their own defence. A long ball forward was worked into the hands of Willie Gillespie and his shot left goalkeeper Niall Keyes grasping at thin air as the ball finished in the top right hand corner of the net.

The teams both added two points apiece in the closing ten minutes of the half to leave the score 1-5 to 0-6 at the break in favour of Naomh Colmcille.

A converted James Darcy free three minutes after the restart narrowed the gap to a single point but Naomh Colmcille seized the initiative again with a super goal from centre forward Ryan Mc Erlane. That score put five points between the sides and left the Tyrone side with a mountain to climb. Once again however the Tatts did what they have done all year. They rose to the challenge with a fine score from Robert Porter and a brilliantly worked goal from Brendan Armstrong.

Suddenly the gap was down to a point and momentum was with Tattyreagh. Another point from Armstrong levelled the game as Stephen Mc Hugh’s side went in search of the win. Several chances were squandered before the game was decided by that last minute point from the boot of Clarke.

It was a tough way to lose any game but an Ulster Club Semi final made it even more gut wrenching.

Final score: Tattyreagh 1-9, Naomh Colmcille 2-7

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