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GAA: Coalisland aim to be leagues apart

By John Campbell

Plunkett Kane felt his sporting world had caved in when he was substituted during Coalisland's abortive attempt to lift the Tyrone senior football championship title against Dromore.

The St Dympna's side triumphed by 0-14 to 0-4, thus ending a 74-year wait for a county title.

And Kane's intense disappointment was compounded by being called ashore.

Yet he has since flashed out a message that silverware is very much on the Coalisland agenda.

A matter of days after the county decider, Kane smacked in two goals when Coalisland knocked up an impressive 8-4 in overcoming Cookstown and then repeated the dose when they totted up 3-16 against Errigal Ciaran.

That meant Coalisland chalked up 11-20 in the two games thus cementing their place in the All-County League semi-finals in which Carrickmore had already booked their place.

Jostling for the other two last four slots are Errigal Ciaran, Donaghmore and Dromor.

The new county champions are the current holders of the league title - they have been the dominant force in the competition for the past three years - and are certainly not out of the running in terms of league honours.

Plunkett Kane's four goals, though, have underpinned Coalisland's determination to make up for their setback in the championship final in which they feel they did not do themselves justice.

Kane, ironically, had been outstanding in Coalisland's drive to the decider but Dromore's superiority in the central area proved the platform for their success.

The semi-finals of the All-County League, though, should prove more than interesting from several viewpoints.

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