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Clarke makes a big point to deny Tattyreagh spot in Ulster final


By John Campbell

Tattyreagh's hopes of becoming the second Tyrone club to contest an Ulster final were dashed when they fell to Donegal intermediate champions Naomh Colmcille by the narrowest of margins (2-7 to 1-9).

It was heartbreak for Tattyreagh who had thundered back into the contest after they had seemingly been sagging against the ropes at 2-6 to 0-7, goals from Willie Gillespie and Ryan McErlean having thrust their opponents into the driving seat.

But when Brendan Armstrong landed a stunning goal for the O'Neill county side and then followed this up with a point, they were back in business at 2-6 to 1-9.

But Naomh Colmcille pilfered the winning point deep into added time when Daniel Clarke hit the target to thrust his side into the decider against Belnaleck.

And there was disappointment, too, for the Latton ladies team who were overpowered by a much more cohesive Dunboyne side in their All-Ireland intermediate club semi-final.

Even the tonic of a fifth minute goal from Emilie Culleton failed to inspire Latton whose defensive frailties were sharply exposed.

However, it was left to another Monaghan side to do Ulster proud on the All-Ireland stage. Corduff overcame Dublin champions Cuala by 4-8 to 2-10 in the junior semi-final.

In the semi-finals of the Spirit of the Paul McGirr under-16 tournament, Kilcoo beat Carrickmore by 1-8 to 0-8 after extra-time, while in the other tie Crossmaglen Rangers overcame Derrygonnelly Harps by 1-8 to 0-6.

Meanwhile, one of Kerry's greatest-ever players, Bryan Sheehan, has brought the curtain down on his career.

Sheehan won five All-Ireland medals, three Allianz League honours, nine Munster senior championship medals and an All-star (2011) in his glittering career with the Kingdom which spanned some 13 years.

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