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Rock 1-12 Newtownbutler 0-13

By Gareth Cauldwell

Published 14/11/2016

Aidan McGarrity scored 1-07 as Rock booked their place in the Ulster Junior Football Club Championship final with victory over a Newtownbutler side who finished with 13 men in Clones yesterday.

McGarrity's goal after 19 minutes ultimately proved decisive for the Tyrone side who had to withstand a late rally from Newtown to secure the win.

The opening 10 minutes saw the sides share four points but the remainder of the half belonged to Rock who dominated matters to go in with a five-point advantage.

Rock started to pull clear as they took control of things in the second quarter. McGarrity landed two frees before he then bagged the only goal of the game.

Points from Brendan McBrien and Jarlath Jackman kept the Fermanagh side in touch but with Ryan Crilly, Eamon Ward and Padraig Ward all firing over scores, Rock went in with a 1-07 to 0-05 lead at the break.

Rock extended their lead in the second half, moving six clear by the 40th minute.

Newtown though responded well and with McBrien and Jason Flanagan registering points for the Fermanagh men they cut the deficit back to three. It looked to be game over though when points from McGarrity and McCreesh put Rock five ahead once more as the clash moved towards added on time.

Indeed, Newtown were to have two players sent off late on as Sean McDonald picked up a second yellow and James Maguire was shown a straight red, but they produced a spirited finish to the tie.

Frank Mulligan, Shane Leonard and Jackman all tagged on points but they could not find a way through the Rock defence for the required goal.

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