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Killyclogher Dethrone Reigning Champs

Sunday 30.09.2018
Team Talk Mag
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Reigning county champions Omagh St Endas finished with fourteen men and surrendered their crown to neighbours and rivals Killyclogher on Sunday afternoon in the early fixture of  Sunday’s busy championship programme. 

Played at the superbly appointed venue of Loughmacrory the home club deserve great credit for their hosting of the game which swung one way then the other before Killyclogher emerged deserved six point winners.

Omagh won the toss and opted to play into the strong breeze. That decision seemed fully justified when they recovered from being five points down after fourteen minutes to reach the break 0-6 to 0-4 in arrears. Killyclogher had looked hugely impressive early on with Mattie Murnaghan superb for the men in blue. 

Ronan O’Neill landed three points inside the opening eight minutes of the second half to put his team in front. With the strong wind in their favour St. Endas were expected by many in the large crowd to push on for the win.

However with ten second half minutes elapsed the game swung in favour of the winners after Conor Meyler injured himself in a tackle on Gabhan Sludden which resulted in him picking up a second booking. Conal Mc Cann converted the resultant free from a very difficult angle to tie the match and with the extra man Killyclogher used all their experience to control the remainder of the game. 

Mattie Murnaghan, Tiernan Mc Cann, Aidy Kelly and Emmett Mc Fadden led the charge as Killyclogher defended well and counter attacked at great pace.

One such move midway through the second half split the Omagh defence wide open and Luke Murnaghan finished the ball to the net to put Killyclogher four ahead.

Omagh tried hard to respond with Conan Grugan, Michael Gallagher and Ciaran Mc Laughlin pushing and probing for openings but Killyclogher’s well organised defence turned them over time and again. Points from Jason Mc Anulla and Justin Mc Mahon gave Omagh hope briefly but Luke Murnaghan pegged on two further scores to seal a six point win for Killyclogher on a final score of 1-12 to 0-9.

 

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