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Strabane Make It To Senior Football For 2014

Sunday 24.11.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Strabane Sigersons are celebrating a return to senior football for 2014 following a three point 0-10 to 0-7 win over Trillick on Sunday at Ballinamullen in the Division 1/2 play-off final. Played in front of a huge crowd the game was delayed to allow those travelling from North Tyrone to cope with the delays caused by traffic diversions on the Derry Road.
Strabane began the match in positive mood following their win over Edendork at the same venue last week and were the dominant side from early on. JP Gallagher, Danny Mc Bride, Michael Etherstone, Warner Mullan and Mark Devine were quick to the ball and strong in possession as they caused the Trillick rearguard all sorts of problems. Strabane opened a four point lead after twelve minutes with Gallagher(2), Paddy Roarty and John Mc Laughlin on target. Trillick were struggling to create chances as Adam Mc Ginley, Martin Mc Nulty and Ryan Mc Elroy kept Niall Gormley and co under wraps. The reds eventually broke their duck midway through the half but they were second best in too many places as Sigersons reached the break 0-7 to 0-2 in front.
Trillick were a much improved side after the break. Daire Gallagher hit the first point of the half fifteen seconds after the restart and Lee Brennan followed up two minutes later as Trillick began to exert control. Liam Donnelly’s side were beginning to get on top in the middle of the park but county man Danny Mc Bride showed tremendous heart and composure to drive the Sigersons forward and land two brilliant scores.
Space was tight particularly in the midfield but Rory Brennan and Mattie Donnelly were winning vital ball and Strabane looked under pressure. Trillick hit the next three points to narrow the gap to two with eight minutes remaining. However Strabane weathered the storm with goalkeeper James O’Reilly outstanding before Warner Mullan landed a monster kick on fifty seven minutes to seal the win.
It was a hard fought but well deserved win for the North Tyrone lads but Trillick deserve great credit for their contribution to what was a great game between two very committed sides while referee Cathal O’Hagan controlled the match superbly throughout. The scenes of celebration following the final whistle showed just how important this play-off final was to both teams. There will be quite a night or two of celebration in the Sigersons club following this evening’s win.

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