Omagh CBS are through to the last four of the Mac Rory Cup after a character defining comeback 0-11 to 0-9 win over a very talented St Colman’s Newry side in Omagh on Friday night. There was little between the sides in the first half but it was clear that the boys in blue were half a yard quicker all over the field and were benefitting from their derby win against Abbey CBS last weekend.
The outstanding Aaron O’Neill hit the opener for Colmans but points from Liam Og Mossey and Conor Owens put the CBS 0-2 to 0-1 in front after ten minutes. Ruairi Mc Cullagh clipped over a brace of points for Omagh but scores from PatrickRuddy and O’Neill again sent the Newry lads in at the break leading 0-5 to 0-4.
O”Neill and Barry Mc Menamin were enjoying a real good tussle with the Omagh full back working hard to restrict the scoring threat of his opponent. An early point from O’Neill put Colmans two ahead but Omagh responded with scores from Tomas Haigney and Conor Owens to level the scores as the weather deteriorated.
The game increased in intensity and it took some great defending from the Omagh rearguard to keep the ball out of the net as Colmans threatened to pull away. The impressive Ruddy put the Newry school ahead again but Omagh’s Liam Og Mossey pointed to tie the game once more.
As the game moved into the final quarter O’Neill fired over his sixth point of the contest from a fabulously struck forty five and followed that up two minutes later to put two between the teams with eleven minutes remaining. Eoin Mc Elholm reduced the gap to a single point as substitute Cormac Watson began to make his influence tell.
As the Omagh defence closed things off at the back Ruairi Mc Cullagh proved his worth up front firstly to level the game and then put Omagh ahead with time running out. As the game went into added time Colmans won a free from forty yards to tie the game and take it to extra time. Unfortunately for young O’Neill the ball sailed to the right and wide. Omagh broke up the field with time almost up and won a free which was converted by Conor Owens to seal a hard fought win over a very talented St Colmans Newry side.