IN conditions more synonymous with a league play off at the backend of November rather than a July summer evening, Trillick battled past the elements as well as obdurate opposition to take the spoils on Thursday at Donnelly Park.Played in an almost incessant downpour, the Reds overcame a four point half-time deficit (when admittedly they faced into the teeth of the wind) to run out 0-11 to 0-8 winners at the close. With Cathal Donaghy making light of the elements to shoot over some quality scores, Loughmacrory were the more purposeful and coherent unit in the first period, despite Trillick welcoming their Tyrone contingent back into the fold.But the Donnelly brothers, as well as the likes of Sean O’Donnell, James Garrity and Daire Gallagher, upped their game considerably in the second period to reel in the deficit, and despite a few late scares around their own square, they were able to see the job through.
Ardboe 2-15 Moortown 1-13
GAVING Devlin’s side made hard work of a game they controlled for long periods and needed Conan Devlin’s insurance goal to seal victory, having played the last ten minutes with 14 men after Michael Cassidy’s black card. Moortown sub Blaine Ryan’s palmed goal shaved the margin down to two points in the second minute of injury time. For once, the ice-cool Ardboe kick-out was under pressure. Ardboe’s evening was bound to have been flashing before their eyes when Brian McLernon got hands on the ball. Momentum is king, but when referee Loughran deemed McLernon to have taken too many steps, it was the pressure release Ardboe needed.Within seconds, David Mulgrew was on the march upfield. Conan Devlin, who was full of running all evening, took the pass before drilling low to the Moortown net.
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