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Tattyreagh Through In Local Derby
LCC Tyrone IFC
Tattyreagh 3-11 Eskra 0-13
Tattyreagh are through to the quarter finals of the LCC Tyrone Intermediate Championship after a seven point win over neighbours Eskra on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-13
The first half was a cagey affair but the Tatts nose for a goal made all the difference and in the end determined the outcome of the game.
Space was hard to find in the opening half with both defences on top but with twelve minutes on the clock Tattyreagh led by two following scores from Brendan Armstrong and James Darcy. Eskra bounced back with points from Johnny Hackett and Joe Mc Carroll to tie the game after nineteen minutes.
Three minutes later Brendan Armstrong punished slackness in the Eskra defence with their first goal. Eskra continued to enjoy plenty of possession and two Peter Hughes points reduced the gap to a single point with five minutes of the first half remaining.
As the clock ticked towards half time a lovely pass from James Darcy found Eoghan Murray and the midfielder showed considerable composure and finishing power before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Daire Mc Carroll. Eskra midfielder Cathal Arkinson rounded off the first half scoring with a fine point to send the sides in at the break with Tattyreagh leading 2-2 to 0-5.
Tattyreagh started the second half in confident mood with scores from Peadar Mullen and Johnny Harkin before James Darcy and Aaron Kelly swapped points. Johnny Hackett reduced the gap to five with a fine score but Peadar Mullen left the Eskra defence for dead with a strong run and super finish to make it 3-5 to 0-7 for Tattyreagh.
There were still twenty two minutes on the clock but even at this stage it was difficult to see a way back for Niall Colton’s side.
As the game entered the last quarter Eskra forward Peter Hughes clipped over three frees inside four minutes but it was too little too late as the Tatts added points from Callum Leonard, Peadar Mullen, James Darcy and Niall Murray to run out convincing winners on a score line of 3-11 to 0-13 with the Emmetts last scores coming from Hughes and substitute Tommy Meegan.