GAA: Coalisland brush aside challenge from Dungannon

Dungannon's Patrick Quinn tussle's for the ball with Coalisland's Padraig Hampsey during Sunday afternoon's league clash.INTT2415-393
Dungannon's Patrick Quinn tussle's for the ball with Coalisland's Padraig Hampsey during Sunday afternoon's league clash.INTT2415-393

Coalisland 0-15 Dungannon 0-7

Coalisland brushed aside Dungannon in comfortable fashion at a sun-drenched Fr Pater Campbell Park yesterday, winning by eight points.

The win for the Fianna comes after last weekend’s gripping championship victory over local rivals Clonoe, where as the Clarkes woes were further compounded after they fell to Trillick last Saturday evening.

Coalisland's Philip Toner gets away from his Dungannon marker during Sunday afternoon's league clash.INTT2415-391

Coalisland's Philip Toner gets away from his Dungannon marker during Sunday afternoon's league clash.INTT2415-391

Played out in perfect summer conditions, the game got off to a flying start. Keifer Morgan opened the scoring with a routine free, while Coalisland tagged on three points in the first five minutes through Dermot Thornton, Cathaoir Quinn and Sean Corr.

Tyrone u21 Matthew Walsh landed a 35 yard free between the posts before Patrick McNiece got his first score of the day with a fine swerving point.

Midfielder Corr then doubled his tally with an eye-catching score from play as Coalisland raced into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead after fifteen minutes.

Both teams were contesting the midfield well; however, the Fianna’s defensive set up saw the Clarkes finding it difficult getting ball into the hands of target man Patrick Quinn.

Dungannon's Conon Morgan win's this high ball during Sunday's league clash with Coalisland.INTT2415-390

Dungannon's Conon Morgan win's this high ball during Sunday's league clash with Coalisland.INTT2415-390

At the other end, Clarkes full back David Walsh was having a fine individual game, but was unable to keep Coalisland at bay on his own.

Daire Martin had to be on his toes to deny Coalisland a goal, with the Clarkes keeper clearing the ball from danger after the ball fell loose after the initial save.

Morgan made no mistake with a free, and teenager Patrick Molloy then added a fine point from the left wing to bring the deficit back to one, until Brian Toner tapped over a free just before halftime.

The second half began tentatively, with both teams holding possession for long periods without breaking through for chances.

Dungannon's  Stefan McKenna wins this midfield battle during Sunday's league clash with Coalisland.INTT2415-392

Dungannon's Stefan McKenna wins this midfield battle during Sunday's league clash with Coalisland.INTT2415-392

The Coalisland men had to work hard to free up Philip and Brian Toner in space for a point apiece.

Dungannon were noticeably better going forward, and Molloy was on hand to fire over his second point of the day.

Needing a goal, they had an effort blocked down in the box by the Fianna defence.

Coalisland centre back Niall Kerr had to produce a fantastic tackle to stop the powerful Padraig McNulty driving through on goal.

A McNiece point was followed by the lively Cathaior Quinn finding the target, while the Clarkes responded with a good point from Lorcan Mallon.

Dungannon then spurned a huge chance to haul themselves back into the game, as Patrick Quinn held his head in his hands after he dragged a great goal chance wide with eight minutes left.

Peter Muldoon came up from centre back to split the posts but that was to be the Clarkes’ final score as Coalisland comfortably wheeled away.

Substitute Michael McKernan raced through to fire over a point. Patrick McNiece chipped over a minute later as Dungannon ran out of steam.

Matthew Walsh was having a bad day on free kick duty, and missed several kicks as the Clarkes couldn’t find a way back into the game.

There was time left for Coalisland to tag on two more scores, with Quinn and substitute Plunkett Kane both firing over fantastic scores from range as the home side ran out deserving eight point victors.