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Football: Late goal maintains an unbeaten run for Omagh

By Martin Harris

Published 31/10/2007

A last gasp Conor McCullagh equaliser earned Omagh United a share of the spoils from their historic first-ever meeting with Strathroy Harps. The result also maintained their unbeaten away record in this inaugural season for the club.

Harps had taken the lead with 16 minutes remaining, through John McGlinn's close range header. It looked like they may have done enough to claim the points, but Omagh had other ideas, and duly levelled right at the end when Conor McCullagh - a 60th minute substitute for the injured Gerard McPeake - darted in at the near post to quite literally chest in from a Dairmuid Kerr corner kick.

Omagh will argue that it should have been the winner, after having an earlier Benny Mitchell effort ruled out somewhat dubiously for offside.

At the foot of the table, Ardstraw were thwarted in their effort to break clear of the relegation dog-fight.

Even at this early stage, they appear to be slipping into a three-way battle with Clabby Strollers and Dunbreen Rovers, but they came within a whisker of putting a little bit of daylight between them, at home to Tummery Athletic on Saturday.

Gary Fair edged Nigel Kee's side into a first-half lead, scoring a penalty after he had been brought down by Liam Patterson. He doubled their advantage early in the second half, when he raced onto a James Irwin pass to score, but Tummery fought back with two quick goals from Donal Teague and Ryan McCallion, to restore parity.

A stunned Ardstraw didn't give up, however, and duly regained the advantage through Ian Hill, who pounced at the back post to turn home a Fair cross from the left.

They suffered a sickening late blow, though, when Ryan Cunningham struck in the closing moments - a goal made even more haunting considering Hill and Kyle Mills had both missed match-winning gilt opportunities just minutes earlier.

In Division Two, Glebe United defeated leaders Churchtown 2-1, to join them on top of the table with 16 points. Enniskillen Swifts made it eight wins on the bounce in Division Three, with a 4-0 thumping of Derrychara.

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