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Brennan points way as Trillick progress

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By John Campbell

Trillick dashed Coalisland's hopes of landing back-to-back Tyrone Senior Football Championship titles by winning a pulsating semi-final by 0-13 to 0-12 at Pomeroy yesterday.

In a match that ebbed and flowed throughout and kept the huge crowd spellbound, it was a masterclass in free-taking from Lee Brennan that ultimately saw Trillick book their passage into the decider.

Yet it was Coalisland who led by 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time with Tiarnan Quinn, Michael McKernan and Cormac Hagan very much to the fore. In the second half, though, the experience of the Donnelly brothers Mattie and Richie and the input of Brennan along with the efforts of his brother Rory proved crucial.

The reigning champions never allowed Trillick out of their sights but in the closing minutes it was Nigel Seaney's side that held the whip hand.

And if the first semi-final proved captivating, the second between Errigal Ciaran and Carrickmore proved just as absorbing with Pascal Canavan's side coming out on top by 1-11 to 0-9.

Six points from Peter Harte, a spectacular goal from Darragh Canavan and a huge input from Ben McDonnell highlighted an efficient Errigal Ciaran display that had its roots in resilience and composure.

Old hands Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley did their best to lift Carrickmore but their team was never able to steal a march on their opponents.

St Peter's Warrenpoint and Kilcoo will meet in the Down Senior Football Championship final following their respective semi-final wins.

St Peter's carried too much power and scoring expertise in winning by 2-15 to 0-4 against a beleaguered Ballyholland Harps side with the imperious Ross McGarry chalking up a personal haul of 1-11.

Ruairi McCormack scored the winners' other goal while Donagh McAleenan, John Boyle and Ryan Mallon were among the players who contributed handsomely to their emphatic success.

But while St Peter's had it all their own way, Kilcoo will be a different proposition in Down's annual showpiece fixture.

Former Slaughtneil boss Mickey Moran is now calling the shots at Kilcoo and masterminded their 0-12 to 2-3 win over Clonduff, for whom Arthur McConville scored their brace of goals before incurring a red card.

Paul Devlin's free-taking sustained Kilcoo throughout while Jerome Johnston and Arthur Morgan also played big parts in their win.

The second Antrim Senior Football Championship replay between Lamh Dhearg and Roger Casements, Portglenone will take place tonight at the All-Saints complex, Ballymena (8pm). The match has become a protracted saga but the outcome is still awaited with huge interest nonetheless.

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