Clonoe Vs Derrylaughan

There was a large crowd at O’Neill Park, Dungannon on Saturday afternoon to see the first Tyrone SFC semi-final. Loughshore neighbours Clonoe and Derrylaughan were competing for a place in the final in 2 weeks time. It was a damp, dullish evening over Dungannon and the pitch was very wet in places. There was a strong breeze blowing too as the players only knew too well with many shots stopping in mid air and falling directly down again into the square or shots blowing hopelessly wide depending on the direction of the wind.

As most people (and pundits) expected, Clonoe dominated most of the game and went in leading 0-09 to 0-01 at half time with scores coming from Stephen Mc Nulty, Colm Donnelly and Conor Mc Aliskey.

The O’Rahilly’s only had a momentary scare at the start of the second half when ¬†Derrylaughan struck the back of the net thanks to Ciaran Quinn, hence reducing the deficit to 5 points. But that was to be the closest the neighbours got to each other as from there on in Damien Cassidy’s men regained full control of the game and went onto win 1-13 t0 1-03.

Last year’s Tyrone Intermediate champions Derrylaughan have to be applauded for making it this far in the championship as many big scalps have already rolled before them. Clonoe however can now look forward to repeating the success of 2008 and bringing back the O’Neill Cup to the parish.

Derrylaughan Kevin Barry's line out in front of the Dessie Slater Stand at O'Neill Park, Dungannon.


Colm Doris averts the attentions of Derrylaughan's Fergal Mc Aliskey.


Colm Donnelly charges through a hole in the Derrylaughan defence.


Clonoe's Daniel Mc Nulty drives towards the goals.


Colm Donnelly takes a shot from a tight angle.


Shane O'Hagan releases the ball at the beginning of the second half.


Ciaran Gervin gets a hold of Colm Donnelly.



Seamus Carron tries to break away from the Clonoe players.


Full-back Aidan Brady prevents Fergal Mc Aliskey from reaching the ball.


Colm Robinson creates an attack for Derrylaughan.



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