Eskra and Owen Roes met in the Grade 3A league final on Sunday afternoon and served up a great game of football before The Emmetts snatched victory right at the death when Daithi Mc Namee got the all important score to seal the win.
This was a battle between two well drilled teams but one that was ultimately decided by the number of chances missed as Owen Roes hit fourteen wides in total, most of them in the second half when in very good shooting positions.
The north Tyrone side began well with 1-1 inside the opening six minutes.The goal came from Ross Doherty after a strong run and forceful finish. However Eskra bounced back with some superb defensive work from Christie Meegan, Michael Donnelly and Jack Kelly.
The Emmetts looked threatening in possession with player of the match Dara Mc Garvey and Conal Kelly pulling the strings. They hit 1-4 without reply to put themselves in a strong position approaching the break. Jack Mc Carroll (1-2) led the line with scores from Dara and Cormac Mc Garvey.
Owen Roes refused to throw in the towel and bounced back with points from Luke Doherty and Conal Kelly and a penalty goal from Shay Gallagher to leave the sides tied at the break.
The second half saw Owen Roes dominate possession but fail to take their chances. They only managed to hit three points over the course of the second half through Conall Kelly, Ross Doherty and Lorcan Kelly. However credit must go to the Eskra defence who remained steadfast throughout denying their opponents time ans space throughout.
Eskra weathered something of a second half storm but eventually began to gain the upper hand. Three fine points from Dara Mc Garvey tied the game as the clock signalled added time. They eventually claimed the win when Mc Namee created space for a shot where there was none and hit the winner.