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Semi Final Double Bill At Plunkett Park

Saturday 22.09.2012
Team Talk Mag
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Two cracking derby games are on the cards at Plunkett Park this afternoon and the house full signs could well be up. First into action is the Power NI Intermediate semi final between Cookstown and Rock. The Father Rocks lead the way at the top of the Intermediate league table with a couple of games to go and they will start as favourites here to keep their double hopes alive. They have beaten Augher and Loughmacrory to get to this stage and will look for big games from Martin Murray, Stephen Monaghan, James McGahan, Shea McGarrity and county attacker Owen Mulligan, the latter in a race to be fit.

Rock have come close to promotion in recent years via both the league and championship and will do everything in their power to try and upset the odds and beat their neighbours. They have already achieved that in the league this season but that result will count for nothing in the white heat of championship battle. They have accounted for Strabane and Moy to date and will look to the likes of Ciaran Gourley, Peter Girvan, Martin McCreesh, Tommy Bloomer and Conor McCreesh for inspiration.

The second semi final brings together Carrickmore and Errigal Ciaran with both clubs longing for a return to the top table in Tyrone football. The St.Colmcilles are of course record O’Neill cup winners but their last success came seven years ago. They beat Trillick in the opening round before inflicting a first defeat of the season on league leaders Coalisland and they will go into this game in a confident frame of mind. Key players for them include Tyrone trio Conor Gormley, Mark Donnelly and Martin Penrose with Ciaran McAleer and Gabriel McCallan having big roles to play as well.

Errigal Ciaran last won the O’Neill cup twelve months after their opponents when ironically they denied Carrickmore in the final. They lost out to the St.Colmcilles in the first round at the same venue twelve months ago and will be eager to put that right here. They have beaten Moortown and Omagh to reach the semi finals and will look for big games from the likes of Peter Harte, Aidan McCrory, Enda McGinley, Davy Harte and Darren Canavan.

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