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Coalisland take big step closer to final fling

By John Campbell

Coalisland Fianna booked a Tyrone senior football championship semi-final meeting with Edendork following a thrilling quarter-final win over Errigal Ciaran yesterday (0-15 to 2-7), while Killyclogher and Ardboe will cross swords in the other semi-final.

It's nine years since Coalisland last captured the title and on yesterday's evidence they could re-enter a sporting paradise.

Even though Peter Harte and Ronan McCrory hit goals for Errigal Ciaran, Plunkett Kane, Michael McKernan and Paddy McNeice led the Coalisland cavalry charge that saw points flow.

In a tense finish, Coalisland just managed to hold out as Errigal Ciaran sought to salvage the game.

Killyclogher, meanwhile, who were crowned champions in 2016, are back on the glory trail again and their fine 1-12 to 0-9 win over title-holders Omagh St Enda's yesterday suggests that they could make further progress.

Substitute Luke Murnaghan's opportunist goal and Mark Bradley's accuracy from play bolstered the winners who led at half-time by 0-6 to 0-4 before they went on to impose their authority even more after the break.

Omagh's cause was not helped, though, when the normally influential Conor Meyler was sent off at a critical juncture. It was in the closing stages that their challenge fell away as Killyclogher roared home.

Trillick, who beat Killyclogher in the 2015 final, had their ambitions of repeating that title success jettisoned by an Ardboe side that is gaining in confidence and flair.

A late Shay McGuigan point gave the lough shore team the narrowest of victories (2-8 to 1-10) over a Trillick outfit for which Lee Brennan proved a rich source of scores.

But David Mulgrew's authority - he scored 1-3 - and McGuigan's artistry were to prove central to Ardboe's strong finish after it looked as if Trillick might nose past them.

Edendork earned their semi-final place following a hard-earned 0-15 to 1-10 win over Galbally.

Tyrone goalkeper Niall Morgan, who fulfils an outfield role for Edendork, was among their scorers while Daniel Kerr's goal and eight points from Sean Murphy underpinned Galbally's stubborn resistance.

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