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Ulster Club SFC: Trillick overcome stubborn Glenties

Naomh Conaill 1-11 Trillick 2-09

By Chris McNulty

Published 02/11/2015

Key man: Mattie Donnelly helped his side to victory
Key man: Mattie Donnelly helped his side to victory

Captain Mattie Donnelly hailed his Trillick side after they held on to defeat Donegal champions Naomh Conaill to advance into an Ulster semi-final.

First-half goals by Niall Gormley and Daire Gallagher had Trillick six up by half-time, but they only just hung on after a gallant Glenties fightback.

"We were prepared and we met it head on," Donnelly said.

"There's a lot of things we have to work on.

"It shouldn't have been as close as we let it be but that's credit to Glenties."

The goals book-ended the opening period, Gormely netting in the third minute and Gallagher firing home in added time.

Naomh Conaill, who played for almost 50 minutes with 14 men after Anthony Thompson was sent off, were back into it when Ciaran Thompson goaled early in the second half. Anthony Thompson was given his marching orders for appearing to attempt a headbutt on Prionsias O'Kane.

Five second half points by half-time substitute Daragh Gallagher helped haul Martin Regan's side into contention, but Gallagher saw a late free trail to the left and wide with a final chance to force extra time.

Momentarily, Naomh Conaill got on level terms, but Trillick steadied themselves through Gormley and Brennan.

Scorers: Trillick: N Gormley 1-2, L Brennan 0-4 (2f), D Gallagher 1-0, R Donnelly 0-2, M Donnelly 0-1

Naomh Conaill: D Gallagher 0-5 (4f), C Thompson 1-0, J McLoone 0-2, B McDyer, L Thompson, D Molloy (f), J O'Malley (f) 0-1 each

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