Errigal set up meeting with Ballinderry in Ulster quarter
As the final scoreline suggests Tyrone champions Errigal Ciaran experienced little difficulty in negotiating this Ulster Club preliminary round tie when they proved much too strong for Cavan representatives Mullahoran at Kingspan Breffni Park yesterday afternoon.
It was a game that the Dunmoyle-based men controlled from start to finish and their reward is a meeting with old rivals Ballinderry in a quarter final tie that will be played in Omagh and will see Errigal Ciaran manager Ronan McGuckin come up against his own club.
Errigal Ciaran were half a dozen points to the good by halftime and they never looked back as they totally controlled the second period. Mullahoran were reduced to fourteen men just before the break when World Handball champion Paul Brady, who was only on the field a couple of minutes, was straight red carded and really there was an air of inevitability about the outcome after that.
This was a fine all round team performance from the Tyrone champions with Peter Harte outstanding at centre half back and Tommy Canavan, Ronan McRory, Bryan Horisk, Damien McDermott and Davy Harte were others to play well.
There was less than sixty seconds gone on the clock when Enda O’Reilly put Mullahoran into the lead but that was as good as it was to get for the Cavan champions. The impressive McRory soon had the sides level before McDermott fired in their first goal of the afternoon with only four minutes gone on the clock.
McRory then split the posts with a superb effort from the wing before McDermott knocked over a free. In the 17th minute Mullahoran looked as though they were right back in the game when Fergal Brady scored a goal but two minutes later man of the match Peter Harte burst forward to reply in kind at the other end of the field.
Brady was sprung from the bench but was wide with his first touch before O’Reilly also missed a scoreable free. Errigal Ciaran on the other hand made better use of their possession with McDermott and Caolan Tierney both registering and with Mullahoran facing the second half with only fourteen men the writing was on the wall for them with the Tyrone champions leading 2-6 to 1-3.
Enda McGinley and O’Reilly had points for their respective sides on the restart before County defender Davy Harte weighed in with a splendid effort from distance with the outside of his boot. Errigal Ciaran were totally on top as fourteen man Mullahoran struggled to keep up to the pace of their attacks and while they hit a few wides they were virtually out of sight by the end of the third quarter after Tommy and Darren Canavan both landed fine points.
In the 48th minute the winners grabbed their third goal of the afternoon when the outstanding Peter Harte burst through the Cavan men’s defence before squaring the ball for Bryan Horisk to finish to the net from close range. Stefan Tierney, Darren Canavan and McRory all tagged on points for a rampant Errigal side with Mullahoran’s only reply coming from Dermot Sheridan. It was a blistering fifteen minute spell that saw the winners outscore their opponents 1-6 to 0-1 and there was more to come. Tommy Canavan added another point before the same played got goal number four in the final minute of normal time when he was in the right place after Horisk’s initial shot was saved. Stefan Tierney then weighed in with their final score after a strong run and on the evidence of this performance Errigal Ciaran could take a bit of beating in the remainder of the competition.
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