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McFadden goal helps power Killyclogher to Tyrone final

Clone's Damian Cassidy
Clone's Damian Cassidy
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Emmett McFadden was the toast of Killyclogher last night as his vital second half goal turned the tie in their favour, the St Mary's beating Dromore in the Tyrone semi-final, 1-9 to 0-11.

Nine minutes of injury time tells you something about the attritional nature of the game, with referee Simon Brady overworked in trying to keep order between the two sides.

In the first half, some sloppy Dromore tackling allowed Mark Bradley to tag three frees on the scoreboard, but it was McFadden's goal that opened up the important gap.

A famous east-end rivalry resumes tomorrow when Clonoe, winners in 2013, face off against their 'townie' neighbours Coalisland, who haven't been to the winner's podium since 2010. The game throws in at 4.30pm in Edendork.

Clonoe are managed once again by former Derry boss and 1993 All-Ireland winner Damian Cassidy and they have been somewhat living on their nerves in this year's Championship, a late Danny McNulty goal saving them in the previous round against Carrickmore.

Before that, they were taken to a replay by another big beast of Tyrone football in Omagh St Enda's. It took a late McNulty free to force the replay, and another late goal to settle the issue the second day out.

Coalisland meanwhile have reached this stage under little pressure, having disposed of Galbally and Kildress with the minimum of fuss. Na Fianna also famously dumped Clonoe out of last year's Championship in the first round, so there will be plenty of scores to settle by the Loughshore come tomorrow.

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