TRILLICK and Errigal Ciaran are set to meet in the Senior Championship final on October 13 following today’s semi-final clashes.
Where to start with Trillick’s 0-13 to 0-12 victory over Coalisland: St Macartan’s were absolutely fantastic as they knocked the reigning champions off their perch in a truly memorable match at Pomeroy.
Na Fianna actually led 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, with Tiarnan Quinn and Michael McKernan finding the target with some lovely points, but Trillick played like men possessed in the second-half. Lee Brennan’s contribution of six frees proved crucial on the day, and the match went right down to the wire with Coalisland nabbing two points in injury-time to leave a point between the teams.
However, Cormac O’Hagan’s late, late free sailed wide to ensure that the 2015 champions are back in the final, and it’d take a brave men to bet against them with the likes of Richie Donnelly, Daire Gallagher, Lee Brennan and Ryan Gray all hitting their stride at the perfect moment.
Errigal Ciaran played out a different sort of contest when they met Carrickmore at a soggy O’Neill Park. They won out by 1-11 to 0-9, and kept Carmen at bay after Darragh Canavan showed great skill and strength to knock in an 18th minute goal.
Peter Harte had another fine day in front of the posts,hitting seven points, and even though Carrickmore brought in veterans Conor Gormley and Mark Donnelly after the break, it wasn’t enough with Errigal particularly dogged at the back.
Trillick have had a particularly difficult run to the final, overcoming Dromore, Clonoe and now holders Coalisland, and will be favourites to prevail, but Errigal are in their second final in three years and that can’t be discounted either.
Pick up the Tyrone Herald for full match reports and reaction from today’s two matches