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Omagh CBS Defeat Dungannon In Mac Rory Semi Final Close Encounter

Saturday 01.03.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


The all Tyrone Mac Rory Cup derby semi final produced a very close and highly exciting finish at Emyvale on Saturday before Omagh CBS eventually defeated Dungannon Academy by a single point on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-15.
Right from the off it was clear we were in for an entertaining game with Omagh racing into an early four point lead. Gavin Slane (0-3) and Eoghan Murray made the most of wind advantage to put the “Brothers” 0-4 to 0-0 ahead after six minutes.
With Dungannon dominant however around the middle of the park they drew level by the 12th minute following a brace of points each from Tiernan Donnelly and Ryan Coleman.
Omagh then began to get the better of things around the middle took with James Darcy and Ben Mc Donnell beginning to impose themselves they hit a real purple patch between the fifteenth and twentieth minutes scoring 1-4 without reply. Centre forward Joe Colton bagged the first of his two goals on the day as Omagh raced into a seven point lead.
Credit to the Academy lads though they battled hard to narrow the gap with scores from Sean Doran and Michael Lynn. With half time approaching most of the large crowd were wondering if a five point lead would be enough to see Omagh through. However there was further drama just before the break when Colton broke through the Academy defence only to see his shot well saved by Caolan Donaghy in the Dungannon goal. The Omagh youngster responded quicker than a posse of defenders to poke the ball to the back of the net and leave the score at the break Omagh 2-8, Dungannon 0-6.
The wind continued to be a factor in the second half and Dungannon certainly made the most of it. The Academy made a swathe of changes and midway through the half had narrowed the gap to three points. Tiernan Donnelly showed great accuracy striking over three fine points during that opening period. Omagh needed a score and eventually with ten minutes remaining goalkeeper Patrick O’Neill scored his team’s first score of the second half.
With time running out the Academy went for broke with Donnelly bagging another brace to bring his personal tally to 0-7 for the day and leave the score 2-09 to 0-13 for Omagh. The pressure was really on Omagh at this stage but big midfielder Ben Mc Donnell made a fantastic interception which led to Ruairi Mc Glone picking up his second yellow card and left Dungannon down to fourteen men for the last few minutes.
Omagh introduced Aidan Fullerton to the forward line and his strong running helped alleviate the pressure their defence was under. Joe Colton then produced a strong run and fine score to edge his team closer to the winning post. With three points between them and added time being played Dungannon created a couple of late chances that saw the gap reduced to a single point but unfortunately for the Academy time ran out and Omagh made it through to a St. Patrick’s Day final clash with hot favourites St Patrick’s Maghera.
Final score: Omagh CBS 2-10, St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon 0-15.

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