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Reds Justify Favourites Tag

Saturday 15.09.2018
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

Trillick justified their favourites tag to become the first side through to the last eight of the LCC Group Senior championship but they were given a stern test by Donaghmore in the second game of the double bill in Omagh on Friday night.

Tiernan Drayne and Lee Brennan swapped early points before the winners got in for a well crafted 11th minute goal. Mattie Donnelly went past six or seven challenges before offloading to Ryan Gray and the midfielder gave keeper Lorcan Quinn no chance with an expert finish. In the next attack Donaghmore replied with a quality score from Drayne after a superb catch, turn and finish over the bar. Trillick though upped the tempo with Brennan knocking over another two frees as well as one from play before Gray made it 1-5 to 0-2.

Donaghmore were in trouble but with halftime approaching they hit a purple patch to get themselves right back into contention. Dan Toner began the comeback with a fine point from distance and that was followed by Drayne’s third of the night. Donaghmore now had their tails up and after Deasun Quinn pointed from play the same player quickly added a point from a free to leave the scoreboard reading 1-5 to 0-6 at the short whistle.

Scores proved difficult to come by in the third quarter but two frees from the accurate Brennan saw the St.Macartans double their advantage.  Donaghmore keeper Quinn then landed a free but that was cancelled out at the other end of the field by a point from play from Gormley to leave the gap four again with ten minutes left on the clock.

Donaghmore were then reduced to fourteen men and in the closing moments Trillick stepped on the gas. James Garrity kicked a wonderful point from out on the left wing and when Michael Gallagher got the ball from the next kick out he fired over the bar with his first touch since coming on. It was all Trillick at this stage with Brennan taking his personal haul to 0-7 from a long range free. Three minutes into injury time Gormley put the icing on the cake with a trademark goal and while Philip Donnelly converted a penalty moments later it was Trillick who deservedly advanced although the final scoreline of 2-11 to 1-7 flattered them.

 

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