OMAGH St Enda’s set up a blockbuster Tyrone Senior Championship quarter-final clash with Errigal Ciaran after seeing off Dungannon in the first round this afternoon by 1-13 to 1-10.
In fairness the margin of victory was somewhat flattering for the Clarkes who reeled off a goal and four points in the closing eight minutes, Padraig McNulty setting up a grandstand finish when fisting to the net.
St Enda’s, playing with the elements in their favour at blustery Dunmoyle, were boosted by a second minute goal from Tyrone player Ciaran McLaughlin, who palmed to the net from close range after good work from Damien McGuigan and Ronan O’Neill.
St Enda’s played some composed and enterprising football throughout the first period, with the likes of O’Neill and Conor O’Donnell swinging over some excellent points.
Dungannon looked strangely out of sorts and despite scores from Patrick Molloy they trailed 1-7 to 0-3 at half-time.
There seemed little change in the pattern of the contest on the resumption with O’Neill and Conan Grugan registering scores to keep Omagh firmly in command, and when Lorcan Mallon saw a penalty saved by St Enda’s keeper Niall McGinn in the 49th minute, their cause looked a forlorn one.
Yet inspired by sub Kiefer Morgan the Clarkes rallied in the later stages, after McNulty found the net, with Molloy chipping over a couple of placed balls, and Omagh were relieved to see O’Donnell fist over right at the death to give them a bit more breathing space.
Meanwhile in the first part of the SFC double bill at Dunmoyle Edendork eased to a 2-14 to 0-8 first round triumph over Tattyreagh.
The Tatts, who clinched back to back Championships at Junior and Intermediate level in gaining promotion, struggled to quell the rampant St Malachy’s.
A goal with the last kick of the first half from Tyrone star Darren McCurry (who finished with 1-6 to his name) handed Edendork a 1-9 to 0-2 interval lead, though they had a strong wind at their backs.
While the likes of James Darcy and Peadar Mullan got on the scoreboard to give the Tatts a brief glimmer of hope, a second Edendork goal by Emmet Hughes in the 52nd minute copper-fasttened their spot in the last eight.