Carrickmore keeper McCallan the hero with a late strike to clinch a semi-final place for Tyrone


LCC Group quarter-final Tyrone SFC: Carrickmore 0-10 Loughmacrory 0-9

Goalkeeper Jack McCallan was the hero of the derby as Carrickmore edged past parish rivals Loughmacrory to book their place in the semi-finals for Tyrone SFC.

He drilled a game-winning ’45 between the posts in the fourth minute of stoppage time to settle an uphill battle, denying the St Teresas a first-ever competitive victory over their neighbors.

It looked good for Carmen as they had built up a four point lead with the wind in their faces, but Loughmacrory showed real grit and passion to fight their way to level in the phases. finals.

Two sets of determined defenders held their ground as every ball was fiercely contested throughout an encounter that absorbed the large Plunkett Park crowd.

Loughmacrory’s brave challenge fell short, while for their opponents it’s a final clash with Clonoe next weekend.

Carrickmore, playing in the wind, led 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter, with James Donaghy, Martin Penrose and Caolan Daly on target.

But the Lough posed a threat at the break, and a scoring chance fell on Cathal Donaghy as Cathaoir Gallagher provided the assist, but the unmarked midfielder fired wide.

It was a warning for a Carmen side who extended the lead through Lorcan McGarrity, before being brought in as goalkeeper Oisin O’Kane, from a free, and Cathaoir Gallagher (2) brought in the teams tied in the 26th minute.

Penrose and wing-back Ruairi Slane scored to send Carrickmore up 0-6 to 0-4, and with the wind at their back they pulled a four-point gap, Penrose sweeping his third.

The ex-Tyrone striker could have made life easier for his side but failed to seize a goal-scoring opportunity, and again Loughmacrory’s men dug deep, with Cathal Donaghy providing the power from midfield. pitch and triggering the comeback with a well-taken score.

Further points from Gareth Donaghy and Pauraic Meenagh (2) leveled at 0-8 apiece with three minutes remaining, and they were still deadlocked before stoppage time, as McGarrity and Meenagh traded points.

It was in the fourth minute of added time, with what turned out to be the last kick of the game, that McCallan gently kicked the ball between the uprights at the 45-yard line to break the hearts of the neighbors.

Carrickmore scorers: Martin Penrose 0-3 (1 free, 1 point), Lorcan McGarrity 0-2 (2 free), Caolan Daly, James Donaghy, Ruairi Slane, Jack McCallan (’45), Aidan Fullerton 0-1 each.

Loughmacrory scorers: Pauraic Meenagh 0-4 (2 free, 1 point), Cathaoir Gallagher 0-2 (1 free), Cathal Donaghy, Oisin O’Kane (free), Gareth Donaghy (scored) 0-1 each.

Carrickmore: J McCallan (0-1, ’45); S Loughran, L McBride, S Sweeney; N Allison, R Donnelly, R Slane (0-1); J Munroe, R Loughran; A Fullerton (0-1), J Donaghy (0-1), C Munroe; C Daly (0-1), M Penrose (0-3, 1f, 1m), Lorcan McGarrity (0-2, 2f).

Subs: B Conway for Donaghy, D Fullerton for A Fullerton, M Donnelly for C Munroe, M Donaghy for Daly, C Munroe for Slane.

Loughmacrory: O O’Kane (0-1, f); Fox R, Kelly N, Curran D; A fox, P Grimes, E Mullan; A Donaghy, C Donaghy (0-1); S Dobbs, C Logue, P Meenagh (0-4, 2f, 1m); C Gallagher (0-2, 1f), S Grimes, C Grimes.

Subs: G Donaghy (0-1, m) for Logue, L Meenan for Stephen Grimes, Shane Grimes for R Fox, Logue for P Grimes.

Referee: C Forbes (Ardboe).


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