Trillick looked to be on course for a senior semi-final place after an outstanding first half against Aodh Ruadh at Fr Hackett Park in Augher on Thursday. The St Macartan’s had established a half-time lead of 3-4 to 0-6 but Aodh Ruadh dominated the second half scoring exchanges to turn the game around and win by one point.
Goals in the opening 30 minutes by Mya Williamson, Cathleen Kelly and Shauna McGarren helped to put the St Macartan’s in the driving seat. Aodh Ruadh, though, regrouped effectively for the second half as Aoife McGahan led their scoreboard response with a string of converted frees. Meabh McGleenan levelled the contest for Aodh Ruadh with a goal before the sides swapped points but McGahan then got the winning score. Emma Jane Gervin, Rebecca Barker and Meabh McGleenan stepped up in that second half .Meabh McGleenan 1-04, Aoife McGahan 0-7 with points from Laura Kilpatrick and EJ Gervin. 0-1
Carrickmore advanced to the last four of the senior championship but they were put to the pin of their collars by a determined Dromore who turned in a stunning display coming up agonisingly short in the end. The result though has come at a cost with Sorcha Gormley a major injury concern for the remainder of the season.
A Gormley penalty just shy of the break had given Carmen a one point lead but after a solid start from them that saw them 6-1 up, Gormley and Alannah Mc Callan points, the St Dympna’s rallied and found themselves level before Caoimhe Mc Nabb’s point had put them ahead.
Shauna Teague found the net for Dromore with Emma Smyth and Shauna Mc Nabb on target before they went ahead on 25 minutes. Teague tagged on a second goal and a point before Gormley added 1-1 to put Carmen ahead.
A tense opening to the second half saw both sides on target. Aine Grimes and Smyth exchanged points before Eimear Mc Phillips crashed home a Carrickmore goal. Dromore came back strong Grimes was red carded and Gormley picked up a knock but with all the subs used she struggled on as Smyth points closed the gap with the sides level going into the final minutes.
Gormley was to have the final say in what had been a quality tie, tagging on the winning point with three minutes left.