Laragh United 1-3 Brackaville 0-16
Tyrone club Brackaville established their credentials and their billing as tournament favourites in this commanding win over Laragh United of Cavan.
There were notable contributions from a number of perhaps unheralded forces in the Brackaville side.
Wing-forward Sean McNally, a son of Sean senior who played in the same position for Tyrone in the 1986 All-Ireland final, contributed three points from play and was a menace throughout. His bleached head and quickstep solo can put observers in mind of a certain Owen Mulligan.
Full-forward Paddy Gervin rattled up four points over the hour, and late substitute Ciaran Currie slotted over a superlative point from close to the endline with just three minutes remaining.
Laragh's task was a tough one. Languishing towards the bottom of the Cavan league, their Championship win came as something of a surprise.
Some of that can be attributed to the canny management of Kevin McDonnell, himself a former senior Championship-winning captain of Ramor United from 1992.
It took the Cavan men 20 minutes to get off the mark but two minutes later they had levelled Brackaville's four points when a ball sent in by captain Patrick Rudden was met by the fist of full-forward Conal O'Donoghue, rising above full-back Darren Hughes and goalkeeper Damien O'Neill.
That was as good as it got for them though, their misfiring attack only adding two more points in the last 40 minutes.
Brackaville's Sean Corry was put through on goal by Cahir McGuinness' handpass only for Martin Smith in the Laragh goal to bravely smother his effort and force it wide. From the resultant ‘45', Ciaran Gervin hit the crossbar and Laragh were living extremely dangerously.
A loose ball in the Brackaville square was swiped over by |O'Donoghue, but that was the end of Laragh’s scoring.
Seven consecutive points followed to stretch the lead and make things comfortable.
Brackaville are set for a final encounter against An Port Mór on December 2.