Dromore lifted their third O’Neill Cup in five years when they won a hard-hitting, gripping encounter at Healy Park in Omagh yesterday afternoon.
Both sides deserve credit for the entertainment that they served up in trying weather conditions and over the course of the game Dromore deserved the win.
The game got off to an extraordinary start with referee Eamon McHugh twisting his knee and he was replaced by standby referee Eugene McConnell.
Eoin McCusker scored a free to open the scoring. Patrick Doris then levelled matters with a placed ball.
Paddy Montague converted a free as well as hitting a quality point from play from distance before McCusker weighed in with another fine effort for the St.Dympnas. Sean O’Neill then had a good finish before Colm Donnelly replied for Clonoe.
Dromore defender Kevin Donnelly then hit the score of the half with a great point. But it was Clonoe though who had the final say of the opening period with a well taken point from substitute Danny McNulty to trail 0-6 to 0-3.
Ryan McMenamin pushed Dromore further in front on the restart and when McCusker buried a sixth minute goal it looked as though they were going to ease to victory. But Clonoe fought back and Shane Coney fired into the net from close range.
Clonoe now had their tails up and substitute Danny McNulty finished in style to level it. Teenager Niall Sludden won it for Dromore with a point in the final minute.
Clonoe – M O’Neill, D Burke, A Brady, D Coney, E Teague, S Coney (1-0), G Coney, S O’Hagan, S McNulty, C McAliskey, C Doris, C Donnelly (0-1), P Doris (0-2), R T O’Neill, PJ Lavery. Subs – D McNulty (1-1) for O’Neill, D Hanna for D Coney, M Hughes for Lavery
Dromore – P Ward, F O’Neill, C McCarron, R McMenamin (0-1), C O’Hara, N Sludden (0-1), K Donnelly (0-1), H McNulty, P Montague (0-2), R McNabb, E McCusker (1-2), S O’Neill (0-1), S McDonnell, E O’Neill, C McCullagh. Sub – C O’Neill for Donnelly
Referee – E McConnell, (Clogher)