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Tyrone Duo Through To Ulster Decider

Sunday 16.11.2014
Team Talk Mag
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Celtic Park in Derry has not always been a happy hunting ground for Tyrone teams in recent years but that all changed on Sunday afternoon as both Omagh and Rock made it through to their respective Ulster Club finals. Omagh endured a nervy ending before emerging victorious by three points while Rock overcame a stubborn Drumaness side winning by five on a final scoreline of 0-16 to 0-11.

Rock went into their game as favourites but found the Down champions a hard nut to crack. The Tyrone side opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a nice point from Eamon Ward. The corner forward went on to have an outstanding game for Niall Conway’s team but along with his colleagues found the tight marking and physical approach of Drumaness difficult to contend with early on.

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The Down men took a while to settle but when they did they bossed the middle third for most of the first half. Centre forward Niall Stranney and midfielder Paul Gilchrist hit three points between them to put Drumaness 0-5 to 0-4 in front  on twenty minutes. Rock refused to panic and with Ciaran Gourley, Tommy Bloomer and Martin Mc Creesh working hard they managed to reach the break tied at 0-7 apiece. Indeed they could have been one up had Conor Mc Creesh’s long range free not landed a fraction short.

Rock began the second half well with points from James and Conor Mc Creesh but Drumaness drew themselves level eleven minutes in following a fine score from wing back Ryan Connelly.  However even at this stage it was clear that Rock were beginning to take control of the game. With Gourley now at midfield and Enda Mc Williams patrolling at the back they hit three in a row from Mc Creesh, Cathal Mc Williams and Diarmuid Carroll to put daylight between the sides.

Rock pushed for home with less than seven minutes remaining and added further scores from Conor Mc Creesh (3) and Tommy Bloomer to make it through to the provincial final on a winning score of 0-16 to 0-11.

Omagh finished the game with fourteen men following a second yellow card for midfielder Conan Grugan but once again showed considerable resolve to deservedly make the Ulster final. A wonderfully crafted first half goal from Barry Tierney proved the difference in the end but in truth Omagh should have won much more comfortably. The Tyrone champions missed three great goal chances as their fast break counter attacking style of play had St Eunans at sixes and sevens during a very entertaining opening thirty minutes. Ronan O’Neill (3), Conor Mc Mahon and Conor O’Donnell scored fine first half points as Omagh reached the break leading 1-5 to 0-5.

Letterkenny needed a fast start to the second half but Omagh’s defence remained resolute with Stevie Mullan, Justin Mc Mahon and Hugh Gallagher putting in several last ditch clearances. Omagh lost the influential Joe Mc Mahon to injury which upset their rhythm but Conor Starrs, Cathal Mc Carron and Conor Mc Mahon ensured that their defence would not be breached and the goal St Eunans needed failed to materialise as Omagh held on to win 1-8 to 0-8.

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