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Tatts Suffer Semi Final Defeat

Sunday 18.11.2018
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Tattyreagh’s fantastic run in the championship came to an agonising end in Armagh on Saturday night when they lost by two points to a very talented and mobile Naomh Eanna side from Antrim.

Once again the Tyrone champions displayed all their grit, determination and commitment and no shortage of skill as they took the game to their highly fancied opponents.

In a close and competitive first half the pacy Naomh Eanna lads just edged it at the break leading 0-5 to 0-3 with Collie Harkin, Johnny Harkin and Jarlath Mc Donagh getting the Tatts scores.

Both teams looked edgy and nervous in the first half which was possibly due to the delayed start of the game but the second half saw both teams at their best. Johnny Harkin led the line for the Tatts and two early scores from the big midfielder tied the game before two points from the very impressive Eoin Nagle edged Naomh Eanna ahead again.

A free from the boot of James Darcy narrowed the gap but Naomh Eanna’s pace was causing problems for the Tyrone champions and creating chances for the Antrim men. Eastwood and Nagle both scored to edge their team three in front with twelve minutes remaining.

Tattyreagh continued to push forward but had to work very hard to create chances against a very well drilled Naomh Eanna side. Points from Johnny Harkin and Jarlath Mc Donagh gave Tattyreagh hope and their supporters nearly lifted the roof when a quick free from Eoghan Murray found Joe Cartin in space and the wing back finished to the net with aplomb.

Unfortunately for the Tatts that proved to be their last score of the match. They did hit the post twice in the closing minutes but the Antrim lads were able to break quickly from defence and hit the last four points of the game to make it through to the Ulster final on a score of 0-13 to 1-8.

The Tattyreagh lads will no doubt be very disappointed following this defeat but they gave their club, community and the whole of Tyrone something memorable with their great run in this year’s championship. They can now look forward to welcoming some of the biggest names in Tyrone club football in 2019 to their superb facilities.



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