SLOW starters Coalisland recovered from another sloppy opening period to underline their determination to cling onto the O’Neill Cup with an ultimately convincing nine point victory over Killyclogher at Pomeroy this afternoon.
The champions were slow out of the blocks against Ardboe in the first round and it was a similar scenario on Sunday as they found themselves five points in arrears a quarter of the way through the contest.
But as was the case the last time out, they regrouped to come storming back into contention and in the end a brace of goals from rampaging young forward Tiarnan Quinn saw them across the winning line with plenty to spare on a final scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.
They will take on Trillick in the semi-final after Nigel Seaney’s side recorded a hard-fought victory over O’Rahilly’s in the curtain-raiser at Pomeroy.
The sides were deadlocked at 0-6 apiece at half-time but Trillick opened up a three-point lead when Damian Kelly’s effort deflected into the back of the net.
The O’Rahilly’s hit back in the 38th minute with a Dan McNulty goal, but Trillick pressed on with points from Mattie Donnelly and Lee Brennan. A late goal from Niall Gormley put some gloss on the final scoreboard as Trillick advanced by 2-11 to 0-9.
Elswhere this evening, Kildress qualified for the Junior Championship final against the Rock with a massively entertaining 2-13 to 1-13 victory over Killeeshil.
The Wolfe Tones held a 1-7 to 1-4 lead at half-time, before Killeeshil came roaring back into it in the second-half despite the slippy conditions.
A goal somewhat against the run of play from veteran Dessie Treacy gave the impetus back to the Wolfe Tones, and they finished strongly to prevail by three points.
In the final of this weekend’s championship clashes, Galbally were pushed all the way by a gallant Greencastle in the Intermediate Championship semi-final.
Galbally had scored 6-40 across their two previous championship encounters, but were made to work seriously hard for their 0-13 to 0-12 victory with Ronan Nugent fisting over a late winner in injury time.
Pick up tomorrow’s Tyrone Herald for full match reports on this weekend’s championship matches