Errigal Ciaran booked their place in the semi-final of the Power NI Tyrone SFC with a hard earned but deserved three point victory over Omagh at Carrickmore, on Sunday evening, writes Jason Quinn.
The Ballygawley men fell behind to an early goal from Connor Clarke, but regrouped, going on to play some fluent and direct football in the final 25 minutes of the first half. Helped by an injury time goal from Enda McGinley, they led by six at half time.
Omagh hit the net three minutes into the second half and despite holding Errigal to two second half frees, they couldn’t repeat their heroics of their win over Clonoe, again finishing the game with thirteen men, having seen Michael Gallagher and Stephen Mullan both dismissed for straight red cards in second half stoppage time.
Errigal also finished the game down on numbers as Damien McDermott was dismissed for a second yellow, moments before the red card incidents.
After a superb first half showing Errigal will be concerned with their second period performance, failing to score from play. But their string of six unanswered points in the first half was enough to see them through in the end.
Jason McAnulla sent Clarke through on the third minute and the midfielder blasted the ball past county colleague John Devine to give the St. Enda’s the perfect start to the game.
Darren Canavan opened Errigal’s account a minute later from a free with Thomas Canavan registering their first from play on the ninth minute.
The impressive Davy Harte then equalised and gave his side the lead inside a minute with two fantastic efforts, the first a 25 yarder from the centre following up with a superb point from 30 yards out on the left wing.
Davy then set his cousin Peter up for another point before Thomas Canavan kicked a free to give Errigal a three point lead.
Conan Grugan then broke Omagh’s 17 minute scoring drought with a free, before the same player forced a brilliant save from John Devine when he had goal at his mercy.
Peter Harte scored another fine point with Damien McDermott following up with his first of the afternoon.
Paddy Doherty scored a point a minute into injury time and on the next and last attack of the half, Errigal worked the move of the game, with Tommy Canavan sending McGinley through to fire to the net and open a six point lead.
Connor Clarke sailed over a 30 yard effort three minutes in to the second half, and on the next attack, Omagh worked a great goal, with Justy McMahon and Diarmuid Kerr combining to send full back Hugh Gallagher in on goal, leaving two points between the sides.
Peter Harte kicked an Errigal free on the 36th minute and it was nine minutes later before there was another score when Connor O’Donnell tagged on an Omagh free.
Both teams wasted chances as another fourteen minutes passed without a score. McDermott sending over a free kick in injury time to leave it a three point game, picking up second yellow moments later.
Omagh went in search of an equalising goal and after they won a free a small ruckus broke out with the St Enda’s picking up two red cards. The ball was sent in high but won by Errigal, with referee Cathal O’Hagan sounding the full time whistle and Errigal holding on for a semi-final meeting against old adversaries Carrickmore, in two weeks’ time.
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