NATHAN Donnelly swooped for a late goal as Killyclogher outlasted Donaghmore in an absorbing Tyrone Senior Championship first round encounter on Saturday afternoon at Carrickmore, taking the spoils 2-13 to 1-13.
For long spells it appeared that last year’s beaten finalists would suffer a shock exit at the hands of St Patrick’s before they belatedly imposed their class on proceedings, hitting a decisive 1-4 in the closing stretch.
The sides were level 1-6 to 0-9 at half-time after a high-octane first thirty minutes, sprinkled with quality scores at either end.
Mark Bradley and Matthew Murnaghan were among the points for Killyclogher, with the likes of Shea Hamill and Peter McKenna responding for Donaghmore.
Simon O’Neill slipped home the Killyclogher goal in the 21st minute after good work along the endline from Bradley.
The action was more cagey in the second half though Donaghmore were boosted by a superb individual effort from Hamill in the 35th minute.
They were always able to keep their noses in front before Donnelly popped over an equaliser in the 58th minute, and then followed up with that close range goal, with Tiernan McCann and Bradley tagging on points
Meanwhile in the first match of the day at Carrickmore, Loughmacrory fended off a dogged challenge from Beragh to progress into the Intermediate Championship quarter-finals on a scoreline of 0-14 to 2-7.
Cathaoir Gallagher and Pauric Meenagh chipped in with four points apiece on the day for St Teresa’s but they struggled throughout to quell the resistance of the Red Knights.
Jack Campbell bagged the two goals for Beragh but his second, from the penalty spot, came with the last kick of the match deep into injury time, which left them no time to find an equaliser.
The sides were level five times during an engrossing first period with Loughmacrory having their noses in front 0-9 to 1-5 at the break.
Scores were harder to come by after the interval but quality points in the latter stages from subs Leo Meenan and Ciaran Ward saw St Teresa’s over the winning line to set up a quarter-final meeting with neighbours Pomeroy next Sunday at Healy Park.
Pick up the Tyrone Herald on Monday for match reports from all the weekend’s ties