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Derry's Cassidy hoping to deliver Tyrone championship to Clonoe

By John Campbell

Damian Cassidy is in the throes of fulfilling what he considers to be a hugely important mission prior to immersing himself fully in his new role as Derry manager.

Former Oak Leaf ace Cassidy, an All Ireland medal winner in 1993, has now guided Clonoe into the semi-finals of the Tyrone senior football championship with an 0-11 to 0-8 weekend victory over Carrickmore.

Now he hopes to deliver the title for a club that has emerged as a potent force of late.

“We see ourselves as striving to fulfil a mission by playing our own brand of composed football. While we respect opponents, we focus on what we believe to be our own strengths. This has stood us in good stead to date but the bar has now been raised considerably,” says Cassidy.

Red cards imposed on Stephen McCann and Gabriel McCallan ensured that Carrickmore’s numerical deficiency in the closing stages played into the hands of Clonoe.

Clonoe scorers: P Doris (0-4), R O’Neill (0-3), S McNulty (0-2), C Dpris, S O’Hagan (0-1 each).

Carrickmore scorers: K McNulty (0-30, F Magill (0-2), M Donnelly, M Cunningham, C Gomley (0-1 each).

DONAGHMORE are through to the Tyrone SFC semi-finals with a 1-12 to 0-8 win over Kildress who not only finished up well-beaten on the scoreboard but suffered the embarrassment of having three players – Niall Quinn, Martin Loughran and Frank McGurk – red-carded on a day the club will want to forget in a hurry.

It was after Michael Ace netted the only goal of the game in the 19th minute that Donaghmore, with Niall McKenna a strong force at midfield, took a firm grip on the game.

Even though they were forced to start without the injured Damien McCaul, Donaghmore had too much poise and penetration for their opponents whose over-reliance on physicality ultimately proved their undoing.

Ahead by 1-10 to 0-5 at the break, Donaghmore largely contained the more feisty approach of Kildress in the second half and duly cemented their semi-final slot.

Donaghmore scorers: M Ace (1-0), S Mulgrew (0-4), D Grimes (0-3), N McKenna (0-2), P Doherty (0-2), K Hughes (0-1).

Kildress scorers: M Grimes (0-4), M Lennon (0-2), D Tracey (0-2)

KYLE Coney certainly intends to bow out of Tyrone football with a bang. Fresh from helping his county win the All Ireland Minor title, the talented Ardboe ace scored 2-5 in his team’s ten-point win (2-16 to 2-6) over Eglish in yesterday’s senior football quarter-final.

Coney is due to leave shortly to embark on a new career in Australian Rules football and all the indications are that he will create a big impact Down Under.

IRELAND International Rules captain Sean Cavanagh carried over his All Ireland final form with Tyrone into yesterday’s county Intermediate football semi-final against Derrylaughan when his five points from play proved central to his team’s 0-15 to 1-7 victory.

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