Omagh CBS will meet Holy Trinity College of Cookstown in an all Tyrone Mac Rory Cup final after they defeated a superbly drilled Patrician side 0-11 to 0-10 in Saturday’s second semi final played at Duffy Park Monaghan.
The first half was almost score for score but the Monaghan side shaded the opening thirty minutes and led at the short whistle 0-7 to 0-6.
Omagh opened the scoring with a Charlie Donnelly point after three minutes but Patrician fired over the next three scores courtesy of Matthew Carolan, Cain Duffy and James Maguire. Both defences looked well set up but Carrick looked the more dangerous as an attacking force in the opening quarter.
Ruairi Mc Cullagh and Conor Owens pointed to draw the sides level at 0-3 apiece before corner forward Maguire edged the Monaghan lads in front again. Omagh responded with scores from Ruairi Mc Cullagh and Lorcan Mc Cullagh to take the lead before a 20th minute point from midfielder Darragh Mee levelled the game again.
Once again Conor Owens put his team ahead 0-6 to 0-5 but Carrick responded with the last two points of the half from Maguire and Packie Doogan to lead at the break 0-7 to 0-6.
Two early second half points from Maguire and Dualta Honney gave Patrician the ideal start as Omagh struggled to create chances at the other end. A Tomas Haigney point gave Omagh traction and although Patrician responded through centre back Doogan to make to 0-10 to 0-7 that was to be their last score of the game as Omagh hit four in a row including a wonder score from Conor Owens right at the death to seal the win. Mind you it could have been a much less stressful end to the game had Omagh converted a great goal chance with seven minutes remaining on the clock. In spite of that the Tyrone school fought hard to prevent Patrician from getting the point that would have taken the game to extra time.
The Omagh defence deserve great credit , especially Nathan Farry, Sean Kerr, Callum Daly and Tomas Haigney as time after time they denied Carrick space to get their shots in.
Final Score : Omagh CBS 0-11, Patrician Carrickmacross 0-10