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Big guns tumble in Senior Club Championship

James Carlin is challenged by Kieran McGeary

DROMORE and Killyclogher are the notable absentees in the Donnelly Vauxhall Senior Football Championship quarter-finals after a dramatic weekend of opening round action.

Reigning champions, Killyclogher were the first of the big-hitters to tumble out of the race this season when they fell to a shock 1-9 to 0-7 defeat to a dynamic Pomeroy side at Dunmoyle on Saturday.

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It was the Plunketts hunger and drive that proved the difference between the sides on the day, with Kieran McGeary proving pivotal to their success, alongside John Loughan’s return of 1-3 as they progressed with a five point advantage, to set up a last eight clash with Clonoe, who ousted Dromore.

The St Dympnas were ushered to the exit door at a rain lashed Pairc Colmcille on Sunday night, at the hands of a determined Clonoe side, who took the victory by the minimum margin.

Seven points, six from frees, courtesy of midfield powerhouse, Declan McClure, proved vital for the Rahilly’s in front of a 4,000 strong crowd, who were enthralled from start to finish.

Trillick, meanwhile, found the going a little easier against Strabane, who they ousted by 3-17 to 0-6, with James Garrity starring with a 2-1 return, while Lee Brennan weighed in with eight points, six of which were frees.

The Sigersons were simply unable to contain the Reds as Tyrone star Mattie Donnelly took control of the midfield, which allowed Garrity and Brennan to inflict the majority of the damage on the Sigersons.

The Reds will face a strong Coalisland side in the quarter-finals after the Fianna came through a tough test with Galbally at Edendork.

Two second half goals from Stephen McNally eventually proved crucial for Coalisland, who claimed a 3-11 to 1-11 victory, although it did take some time to impose themselves against a stubborn Pearses outfit.

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At Intermediate level, Aghyaran enjoyed a straightforward 2-13 to 0-08 victory over Rock to reach the last eight. Ronan McHugh proved the star of the show for the St Davogs, registering a personally tally of 2-8 to secure an 11 point triumph.

Eskra joined Aghyaran in the last eight following their 2-14 to 1-11 win over Aghaloo at Dunmoyle, where Peter Hughes, Joe McCarroll and goalscorers Jonathan Hackett and Aaron Kelly each scored four points.

Moy, too, will feature in the quarters after they narrowly outpointed Augher by 1-10 to 1-08 on Sunday, with recently retired Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh top scoring with six points.

And Cookstown are also through after a nip and tuck battle with Moortown, which saw them finish the game with only 13 men on the pitch and a narrow one point win.

In the Junior ranks, Tattyreagh edged past Beragh by two points in their opening round replay at St Lawrence’s Park on Sunday.

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