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Clonoe Defeat Derrylaughan By Ten Points To Make Power NI County Final.
With the game almost over in Dungannon the only thing that will really concern the Clonoe management is their tally of thirteen wide balls and that will be something for them to work on before the final in a fortnight’s time. That fortnight will hopefully allow Martin and Eamon Hughes time to recover. Stephen Mc Nulty from play rounds off a battling performance with his third point of the day and as the additional time ticks down there is a little bit of a dust up on the field but the final whistle sounds and Clonoe win 1-13 to 1-03 and can now begin their preparations for the county final.
The clock shows that we have played fifty five minutes in this one but there has been no change to the score in the last six or seven minutes but there can be no doubt who is going through to the 2011 Power NI Senior County Final. Clonoe look very good and they will be very difficult opponents for whoever comes through Sunday’s second semi final between Dromore and Omagh.
Clonoe add another point and again it is Mc Aliskey on target with a nice strike from the edge of the D to take his personal tally for the day to 1-04 and put his side 1-12 to 1-03 in front. The County final beckons with less than 11 minutes remaining.
Well we needed another goal and it has come but this one is for Clonoe as Conor Mc Aliskey finishes off a fine move involving himself, Rambo O’Neill and Colm Doris. There are thirteen minutes left and it looks like this one is signed and sealed as Clonoe now lead 1-11 to 1-03.
A Liam Gervin free as the game enters the last quarter reduces the gap to five points again but you get the feeling that Derrylaughan need another goal if they are to put Clonoe under any real pressure. Cl 0-11, DL 1-03.
Four minutes later and county minor Danny Mc Nulty strikes one over the bar from out wide on the right as Clonoe now lead 0-11 to 1-02.
36 minutes in and just what the game needed a Derrylaughan goal. A free kick from Ciaran Gervin breaks in the Clonoe defence and Ciaran Quinn is first to the break and slots the ball underneath the diving Micky O’Neill. Clonoe 0-10, Derrylaughan 1-02.
A minute later and PJ Laverty sends the ball over the bar from thirty metres out in front of the goal to restore the eight point differential again. 0-10 to 0-02 for Clonoe.
Thirty third minute of the game and the first score of the second half is a fine point from Liam Gervin from almost forty metres. Is this the start of the revival? Clonoe 0-09, Derrylaughan 0-02
Second half is up and running in Dungannon. Can Clonoe maintain their composure and ensure they get through this one unscathed or are we going to see the comeback of all comebacks from Derrylaughan?
ONCE THIS GAME IS OVER THERE WILL BE A MEETING OF THE HEARINGS COMMITTEE WHERE THE CASE OF GALBALLY’S MICKEY MURPHY WILL BE HEARD. MURPHY RECEIVED A STRAIGHT RED CARD IN LAST WEEK’S INTERMEDIATE SEMI FINAL WIN OVER STEWARTSTOWN.
Clonoe goalkeeper Micky O’Neill intercepts the ball on his own twenty metre line and another flowing move the full length of the pitch is finished with another great score this time from forty metres by Conor Mc Aliskey and as the half time whistle sounds Clonoe have one foot in the county final leading 0-09 to 0-01.
Another well struck Stephen Mc Nulty free puts Clonoe 0-07 to 0-01 ahead but they have a great chance for a goal when Shane Coney is on the end of a fine move but his pile driver just sails over the crossbar and he has to settle for a point. 0-08 to 0-01 for Clonoe with half time almost upon us.
26 minutes in and Clonoe move 0-06 to 0-01 ahead with a Conor Mc Aliskey point from a free after PJ Laverty was fouled. Clonoe look to be in total control in this one as the Kevin Barry’s are struggling to get any momentum going.
After a barren period of sixteen minutes Clonoe get the score board ticking over again with a Stephen Mc Nulty free from the edge of the D and Colm Donnelly knocks one over to put his side 0-05 to 0-01 ahead. However they have hit five wides as well which might be a source of concern to them. 24 minutes gone.
Seventeen minutes in and Stephen Mc Nulty misses with a 45m kick as Clonoe also lead on the wides tally by three to one. On a positive note for the O’Rahillys full back Aidan Brady is having a stormer for them.
Thirteen minutes in and Derrylaughan are off the mark with a finely struck right footed free off the ground from former county minor star Liam Gervin. Clonoe 0-03, Derrylaughan 0-01.
Nine minutes into the game and no change in the score but Clonoe who lost centre half forward Martin Hughes in the warm up have also lost half back Eamon Hughes who has been replaced by Gary Coney. County Minor Danny Mc Nulty started in place of the injured Martin Hughes.
Clonoe looking good as they lead 0-03 to no score. Derrylaughan yet to settle.
Five minutes in and there is no sign of complacency from Clonoe as they blitz their neighbours with three quick points from Conor Mc Aliskey, Colm Doris and a fisted effort from centre back Shane Coney. At this stage Derrylaughan are struggling to get out of their own half.
The first of the Power NI Senior Championship semi finals is now under way and with a cross field breeze blowing we are looking forward to what will hopefully be a very competitive derby game.
Teamtalkmag.com in association with Begley’s Sports Dungannon will come live from O’Neill park on Saturday afternoon to bring you LIVE updates of the eagerly awaited clash of parish rivals Clonoe and Derrylaughan in the first Semi Final of this years Tyrone Senior Championship. We’ll be in place from 4pm to bring you all the latest team news.