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Omagh squeeze through.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

OMAGH squeezed through to their second Senior Championship final in four years with a narrow victory over Omagh at Healy Park.


Omagh...1-11
Trillick...1-10

They had to come from six points behind, clawing their way back before skipper Joe McMahon thumped over the winner from a '45 to set up a meeting with Errigal Ciaran in the decider on Sunday week.

Trillick pressed strongly early on, and went ahead with sores from James Garrity and Lee Brennan.

Omagh didn't register a scored until the 13th minute, Michael Gallagher sending Conan Grugan through to find the target The Reds went further ahead with a superbly struck Brennan free, but Omagh played their way into a strong position, with Conor O'Donnell firing over a trademark point, before setting up a couple for Grugan, including the equaliser.

At the break, the sides were level on 0-5 each, but Trillick made an explosive start to the second half, reeling off three points before Richie Donnelly rifled home a brilliant goal.

Six behind, Omagh responded in emphatic fashion, hitting back with a Ronan O'Neill go a l .

O'Donnell was the creator once again for Cormac O'Neill's fisted effort, just two points separated the sides, and Omagh were tightening their grip on proceedings.

Ryan Gray did pull back a Trillick point, but a calm and collected St Enda's side picked off the scores, through Barry Tierney, Ronan O'Neill, Conan Grug an.

And it was team captain McMahon who kicked the winner from a '45 four minutes from the end to send the St Enda's through to the decider.

Team captain Joe McMahon paid tribute to goalscorer Ronan O'Neill, who once again grabbed the vital score in a major championship triumph.

"That's the type of player he is. When he's in those situations, he has a cool, calm head, and he picks his spot, and he had to do that, because the 'keeper was quick on top of him," he said.

"We settled into the game after that, and it was a good tight finish for us, and we were happy to hold out." McMahon is delighted to get back to another final, the club's first since 2014.

"You always aspire to get into the final, it's what you set out to do at the start of the year, to win the championship.

"Unfortunately we had two tough draws, as you always do in the Tyrone Championship, in Dromore and Clonoe.

"We feel last year we left it behind us, and we had a point to prove, but there's nothing won yet, it was just a semi-final, and we have another tough battle ahead of us. But there's plenty of work to be done." Omagh: Niall McGinn; Gregory Murray, Hugh Gallagher, Stephen Mullan; Ciaran McLaughlin, Joe McMahon (0-1), Barry Tierney (0-1); Conor Clarke, Micheal Gallagher; Turlough Gallagher, Conan Grugan (0-4), Ronan O'Neill (1-2); Cormac O'Neill (0-1), Connor O'Donnell (0-2), Conor Meyler.

Subs: Jason McAnulla for Murray, Justin McMahon for T Galla gher.

Trillick: Joe Maguire; Gary McKenna, Ruairi Kelly, Damian Kelly; Niall Donnelly, Rory Brennan, Damiel McDonnell; Richie Donnelly (1-1), Gavin McCarron; Mattie Donnelly (0-1), Ryan Gray (0-2), Stephen O'Donnell; Daire Gallagher (0-1), Lee Brennan (0-3), James Garrity (0-2).

Subs: Niall Gormley for Garrity, Proinsias O'Kane for N Donnelly.

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