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Championship Updates from Augher v Stewartstown

Friday 09.09.2011
Team Talk Mag

Stephen Mc Caffrey goes for goal but Greg Kelly saves low to his right. Time running out for Augher. Sub Owen Coyle wins the ball and heads for goal but settles for a fisted point to move the Harps into a 1-12 to 2-5 lead and that is how it ends. Stewartstown are through to the semi finals of the intermediate championship winning 1-12 to 2-5 having hit the last five points in a row from the 55th minute.

A fine point from Anton Coyle out wide on the right puts his side three ahead as the game heads to injury time

Stewartstown are sharper to the ball and Peter Armor kicks an excellent long range point to ease The Harps into a two point lead. Two minutes left

Stewartstown level the game with four minutes remaining following a punched point by Ed Laverty and Gareth devlin with an excellent score puts them one ahead 1-9 to 2-5

Augher are reduced to 14 men when Aidan Mc Elroy picks up a second yellow. They have 8 minutes plus injury time to hold on.

Augher break from the kickout and Jamie Donnelly is upended in the square, penalty for Augher. Centre back Liam Connolly finishes to the net and Augher lead 2-5 to 1-7 with 19 minutes gone.

Anton Coyle hits over a well worked point to put two between the sides again 1-7 to 1-5 for the Harps

That man Cassidy again with a fine strike from thirty metres means there is a single point between the sides 1-6 to 1-5 in favour of The Harps 17 minutes left to play

Another change from Augher as Declan Connolly replaces Colin Mc Kenna with 19 minutes left to play.

A high ball is caught by Peter Armor whose goal bound effort is brilliantly blocked by second half sub Colin Mc Kenna to keep Augher in the game and almost immediately Dara Donnelly points to put two between the sides 1-6 to 1-4 in favour of Stewartstown

The first 45 of the evening comes the way of Stewartstown after an Anton Coyle effort is tipped wide and the resultant dead ball sails harmlessly wide. Keeper Mel Mc Caughey makes a hash of the kickout but atones with a brilliant save from Anto Coyle to turn his goal bound effort over the bar. Stew 1-6, Augh 1-3, 7 minutes gone

Both teams back on the pitch and Augher make two changes bringing in Colin Mc Kenna and Dara Donnelly for Paul Treanor and Ryan Donnelly. Immediately an Augher attack and an Aidan Cassidy point puts two between the sides. Stew 1-5, Augh 1-3

Augher make a change just before the break and corner forward Conor Hackett is replaced by Stephen Mc Caffrey as referee Brian Mc Callion blows the half time whistle with score Stew 1-5, Augher 1-2.

One minute of injury time called and an Augher free is moved forward affording Jamie Donnelly an easy chance which he sends over the bar to leave it 1-5 to 1-2 for Stewartstown with half time almost upon us.

twenty seven minutes in and very little constructive play as both sides fail to build on their bright start.

Twenty one minutes in and it is Gareth Devlin again, this time from a free and Stewartstown lead 1-5 to 1-1

Points from Gareth Devlin and Paul Dillon edge Stewartstown into a two point lead before Devlin again knocks over a superb score on 16 minutes to leave it Stew 1-4, Augh 1-1

Peter Armour with a long range point ten minutes in brings the sides level 1-1 a piece

Stewartstown respond with a long ball from Paul Dillon, caught by Gareth Devlin who is fouled inside the square and Ryan Devlin scores from the penalty spot. Augh 1-1, Stew 1-0, 7 minutes gone

County minor Sean Hackett picks the ball up wide on the right and carries it through the defence right footed before stepping round the keeper and finishing to the net with his left foot, fabulous goal and brilliant start from Augher. Augh1-1, St 0-0 4 minutes gone.

An Aidan Cassidy effort in Augher’s first attack just drops short and into the keeper’s hands. Thirty seconds later Cassidy is fouled 25 metres from goal and Jamie Donnelly opens the scoring with a pointed free. Augher 0-1, Stewartstown 0-0, 3 mins will be at all of the games over the first weekend of the Power NI Junior, Intermediate and Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals. We’ll also be in Killyclogher on Sunday afternoon to bring you up to date with the Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championship finals.

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With less than twenty five minutes to throw in for the Intermediate Championship Quarter Final between Augher and Stewartstown there is no sign of any rush at the turnstiles. The Omagh pitch is looking in immaculate condition, courtesy of DIMAC pitch maintenance, so there can be no excuse for not producing good quality football on a beautifully maintained surface.

Toss has been taken and Augher will face the wind in the opening thirty minutes.



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