Coalisland 1-7 Omagh 1-11
A strong second half performance from Omagh helped them past Coalisland and maintained their winning start to the season.
The sides had proved to be fairly well matched for long periods but Omagh’s greater accuracy and composure proved crucial particularly in attack.
Both teams lined out without the help of their Under 21 players, Coalisland missing Padraig Hampsey while the St Enda’s were without the services of Conor Meyler and Ciaran McLaughlin.
It was Omagh who made the better start at Fr Peter Campbell Park, with Joe McMahon and Conor O’Donnell both on target for their side in the opening three minutes of the contest.
In the fifth minute of the game young Shea Doherty opened the Fianna account with a well taken effort.
While Coalisland were moving the ball well the Omagh defence was disciplined and well organised and gave little room to the Coalisland attack.
Conor O’Donnell got his second of the contest in the sixth minute but that was cancelled out soon after as Patrick McNeice pointed from play, Jason Carberry supplying the assist.
Omagh restored their two point advantage two minutes later with O’Donnell pointing from play, his third of the contest. While the opening ten minutes had been end to end, the final 20 minutes of the half saw scores at a premium as the two defences began to get on top.
Coalisland dropped Peter Donnelly a little closer to their full back and that helped quieten the threat posed by O’Donnell and Ronan O’Neill. It was Donnelly who scored point next in the 25th minute, firing over an effort from distance.
Omagh hit right back with Conan Grugan on target just a minute later as the St Enda’s held their hosts at arms length.
The sides exchanged points before the short whistle with Niall Kerr and Cormac O’Neill both on target with efforts from play.
Coalisland might well have felt that they could have had a penalty when Plunkett Kane was taken down but their appeals were waved away.
The Fianna reduced the deficit to point just after the break with Patrick McNeice on target from a placed ball.
Coalisland would dominate the early exchanges in the half but kicked four wides in succession sucking confidence from their attack.
When Omagh did find the target after 41 minutes through Conor O’Donnell they never looked back.
Cormac O’Neill and his brother Ronan added points over the course of the next five minutes to move four clear for the first time.
Shea Doherty ended a 17 minute run without a score for Coalisland when he pointed from play but Omagh added two more points in their next two attacks.
Corner-back Greg Murray and Conan Grugan added points from play to leave Coalisland in desperate need of a goal.
Patrick McNeice landed a long range free to give his side hope but that was quickly extinguished by a low Conan Grugan shot to the corner of Jonny Curran’s net.
Coalisland did score a penalty from Stephen Curran after a foul on Philly Toner but it was only a consolation as Omagh held onto win.