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Tyrone Football Semi-Final: Omagh happy to go for a second chance

Carrickmore 0-8 Omagh 0-8: The second Tyrone senior championship semi-final between Carrickmore and Omagh ended all square at Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon and as a result the county final scheduled for this weekend has been put back a week.

In the end a draw was a fair result between two well-matched sides in a contest that never rose to any great heights with both defences mainly on top.

The exception to that was Tyrone All-Ireland minor winning attacker Ronan O’Neill for St Enda’s who notched half a dozen points.

Omagh went into the game minus the services of four suspended players and with three of those due back for the replay including county defender Justin McMahon they will probably be the happier of the two sides.

O’Neill converted two frees in the early stages of the game as a youthful Omagh side confidently took the game to the favourites.

Conan Grugan and Conor Clarke combined for the later to fire a rocket which crashed off the crossbar for a let off for Carrickmore.

That seemed to get the Carrickmore challenge up and running and points from captain Kevin McNally, defender Ciaran McAleer and Barry Daly saw them turn things around to lead 0-4 to 0-3 at the break.

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In the second half county panellist Mark Donnelly and substitute Mickey McCallan helped push Carrickmore further in front but each time they were pegged back by scores from O’Neill and Grugan.

With time running out Peadar McMahon put Carrickmore back in front but O’Neill’s sixth point of the contest ensured a replay at the same venue on Saturday.


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