First senior final meeting for Omagh and Errigal

Errigal edged out Pomeroy

A FIRST ever County Final meeting featuring Omagh against Errigal Ciaran will now showpiece a memorable Tyrone Senior Championship on October 15.
The two clubs have won numerous O’Neill Cup titles over the years, but have never met in the decider before. All that will now change at Healy Park in a fortnight when the 2017 championship reaches its climax.
A late goal from Niall Kelly saw the Dunmoyle-based side end Pomeroy’s giant-killing journey by 1-12 to 0-11 in the second semi at Carrickmore last night.
On Saturday, the St Enda’s staged a dramatic late revival to overcome Trillick by 1-11 to 1-10. They are now bidding to become county champions for the first time since 2014, while Errigal last captured the premier crown in 2012.
Speaking following his team’s victory over the Reds, Omagh captain, Joe McMahon, says that they will have to make big improvements ahead of the final.
“It took us a while to get into the game because Trillick got off to a great start with a few scores. But thankfully we came back at them and we’re just happy to have got through that battle and into another final,” said the former Tyrone star.
“Every team is trying to expose weakness and it’s something that we’re going to have to look at for the next day. It’s good to have got the opportunity to be tested because going into a final without that level of examination wouldn’t be good.
“You can be sure that the County Final is going to be another step up for us again.”
Errigal Ciaran, meanwhile, were celebrating after overcoming a stiff challenge from the Plunketts before a bumper attendance yesterday evening.
“Obviously it’s great to be back in one, but it means nothing being there. We need to up our performance again to look to get anything out of a final,” said their defender, Mark Kavanaghg afterwards.
“We needed the goal, we were probably dead and buried only for the goal, and no better man than your corner back to get up the field and get it.”

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