The junior and senior hurling finals took place in Healy Park on Sunday afternoon in front of a very large crowd of spectators. Those who were in early enough witnessed a piece of history as Omagh claimed their first hurling title in fifty years defeating NCC 2-14 to 1-13 while the senior title was once more won by Eire Óg Carrickmore.
NCC and Omagh served up an entertaining contest which saw the East Tyrone side establish a six point lead early on with scores from Paul Greville, Gary Mulgrew and Chris Kearns. However by half time Mark Corry’s accuracy from placed balls had brought his team back into the contest and when Omagh were awarded a penalty early in the second half Corry converted to level the game.
Suddenly Omagh were filled with confidence and their workrate all over the field was lifted. NCC on the other hand looked tired and bereft of ideas. Chris Kearns did steady the ship with a brace of frees but a second goal from full forward Eoghan Winters lifted Omagh once more.
Corry, Eunan Campbell and Cormac Taggart added points before Tony O’Hagan hit the net for NCC to narrow the gap to two. Omagh however were not to be denied and held on to win by two and claim their first title in fifty ears.
Eire Óg and Eoghan Ruadh locked horns in search of the Benburb Cup with the Carrickmore outfit coming out on top on a score of 1-15 to 2-6. Oisin Daly opened the scoring for Eire Óg and shortly after Justy Kelly and Branan Molloy hit a goal apiece. From then until just before half time Eire Óg dominated play but they were rocked back on their heels when Kiefer Morgan found the net after a tussle on the edge of the square.
Eoghan Ruadh needed to make a good start to the second half and hit the first two points courtesy of Josh Ferguson and Tiernan Morgan. However Eire Óg hit the next six points in a row to move four clear with Aidan Kelly, Ruairi Slane, Dermot Begley, Cormac Munroe and Conor Grogan on target, From then until the end of the game they kept their opponents at arm’s length and ran out convincing six point winners.