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Kavanagh to the four as Errigal Ciaran step up title challenge

 

By John Campbell

Errigal Ciaran strode into the semi-finals of the Tyrone Senior Football Championship when they overcame Carrickmore by 0-11 to 0-8 in last night's quarter-final tie.

Four second-half points from play by Mark Kavanagh and the huge influence wielded by impressive substitute Peter Og McCartan sustained Errigal Ciaran in the second-half.

Conor Gormley and Martin Penrose did their best to lift Carrickmore but the straight red card served on Brendan McLoughlin militated against their prospects.

Errigal Ciaran will now meet the winners of the replay between Clonoe and Pomeroy in the last four.

Omagh St Enda's, meanwhile, who will take on the winners of the Coalisland v Trillick quarter-final replay in the other semi, carried too much experience and power in overcoming Greencastle by 1-16 to 0-7.

Joe McMahon, Ronan O'Neill and Connor O'Donnell were to the fore for Omagh who led by 0-9 to 0-4 at the break before stepping it up.

The Clonoe v Pomeroy quarter-final replay will take place tomorrow night after Frank Burns, PJ Lavery and Brendan Burns were among players on target as Pomeroy assembled a 0-9 to 0-4 interval lead in the drawn encounter with Declan McClure's brace of points helping to keep Clonoe in touch.

Clonoe exerted more composure after the break and looked as if they might have edged victory until Danny McNulty landed a late point which saw stalemate ensue at 0-13 each and the need to meet again.

Meanwhile, a late Cormac Coulter goal that gave his side a 2-11 to 2-9 lead was to prove crucial as Ballygalget eventually just edged out Portaferry by 2-13 to 2-12 in the Down senior hurling final.

The sides were deadlocked at 1-6 each at half-time and a Daithi Sands goal appeared to have provided Portaferry with fresh impetus but Ballygalget finished strongly.

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