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Trillick Claim ACL Division One Title
Trillick claimed the 2022 All County League Division One title after a 0-10 to 0-8 win over Killyclogher. Played in persistent rain both sides deserve great credit for their efforts on a day when the size five O’Neills was more akin to a bar of soap at times than it was to a match ball.
Killyclogher played wind assisted in the first half but with the underfoot conditions making good football almost impossible both sides found scores hard to come by.
Mark Bradley’s pace and movement did cause the Trillick defence a few moments of first half worry. He opened the scoring after a foul on Tiarnan Mc Cann and Killyclogher moved three clear with a fine finish from Conall Mc Cann and a second point from Bradley. Ciaran Daly and Lee Brennan fired over points from difficult angles for Trillick before Killyclogher goalkeeper Simon O’Neill landed a monster kick which was followed by another Bradley point to send his team three clear.
Half time score- Killyclogher 0-5, Trillick 0-2
Half time saw the rain intensify as conditions worsened and both sets of players struggled to retain the ball and stay on their feet. Within eleven minutes of the restart points from Bennan (3) and Ciaran Daly put Trillick in front and it looked like the Reds were going to pull away. Killyclogher showed considerable resolve and spirit however as goalkeeper Simon O’Neill saved several efforts from Trillick and kept his side in the hunt. Mark Bradley and Conall Mc Cann pointed for Killyclogher to put them in front again but Lee Brennan tied things again with Trillick’s seventh point of the game.
It looked like the game was set for extra time but Killyclogher forward Conall Mc Cann landed a monster kick to put his side one clear with the game deep into added time. The spirit of the Reds was tested and answered positively as they won a forty five that was converted by Lee Brennan to leave the score 0-8 apiece and extra time required.
Two periods of ten minutes extra time resulted in only two points with both coming from Trillick. Rory Brennan won a free which was converted by his brother Lee before the captain broke through and extended the Trillick lead to two.
There was to be no further scoring although Killyclogher came close to snatching a late goal only to see their effort stopped on the line by defender Damien Kelly.
Full Time Score : Trillick 0-10, Killyclogher 0-8
Scorers- Trillick: Lee Brennan 0-7, Ciaran Daly 0-1, Rory Brennan 0-1, Ryan Gray 0-1,
Killyclogher: Mark Bradley 0-5, Conall Mc Cann 0-2, Simon O’Neill 0-1.