Omagh CBS claimed the Ulster Schools Corn na nOg title on Friday evening at Healy Park after a 1-10 to 1-9 win over St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon in a final that was laced with quality from the off.
Both sides played high intensity football from the start as wind assisted the Omagh lads reached the break 1-8 to 1-4 in front. However the Academy were much more dominant after the break and reeled in the Omagh lead but just came up short deep in second half injury time as a late chance of an equalising score faded to the left of the post and wide.
Omagh opened the scoring with a point from Ciarnan Devine. They doubled their lead a minute later when team captain Diarmuid Martin finished with accuracy and confidence.
Joel Kerr pointed forthe Academy from a free before Omagh made it a two point game once more with Martin’s second point of the night. The Academy then took the lead when full forward Eoghan Mc Glone reacted quickest to a rebounding ball and slotted the leather to the back of the Omagh net for the first goal of the game.
Omagh refused to panic and with their midfield pairing of Padraig Goodwin and Peter Colton dominating the middle of the park they added a brace of frees from Colton and another Martin point to lead 0-5 to 1-1 as the wind picked up.
The CBS burst through for a goal after a fine run from Martin to lead by four. They stretched their lead to five following a well crafted score from Peter Garrity but Dungannon responded with a brace of scores from Jonah Feeney to reduce the gap to three.
Peter Colton and Ciarnan Devine clipped over points as half time approached but full forward Eoghan Mc Glone finished off the first half scoring with his team’s fourth point of the half to leave the scoreat the break 1-8 to 1-4 in favour of Omagh.
The Brothers opened the scoring at the start of the second half with a converted free from the reliable Peter Colton after thirty four minutes as Omagh attempted to defend their lead from deep in their opponent’s half. With eight second half minutes gone Jonah Feeney hit Dungannon’s first point of the half. Another converted free from Colton put five between the teams again with Omagh leading 1-10 to 1-5.
However from then until the end it was the Academy that dominated the game and asked serious questions of the Omagh defence. Joel Kerr, Aodhan Quinn and Jonah Feeney pointed to leave one between the teams as the game headed towards added time.
Omagh had to dig deep and that is what they did as they produced a very disciplined closing ten minutes to maintain their lead and claim the title by a single point.
Great credit to both sides for producing such a high quality and skilful game.
Final score 1-10 to 1-9 in favour of Omagh CBS.
Omagh scorers:P Colton 0-5 (5F), D Martin 1-2, C Devine 0-2, P Garrity 0-1
Dungannon scorers: J Feeney 0-4 (1F), E McGlone 1-1, J Kerr 0-3 (3F), A Quinn 0-1