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Tyrone SFC: Dromore storm past Ardboe into semi-finals

Trillick's Rory Brennan is tackled by Killyclogher's Tiernán McCann
Picture by Jim Dunne 
Francis Mooney

RUAIRI SLUDDEN grabbed two goals as Dromore stormed into the Tyrone SFC last four at Pomeroy. But this seven-point win was achieved at a cost, for ace attacker Eoin McCusker received a straight red card, and misses the semi-final.

The St Dympna’s looked to some of their most experienced campaigners, including Sean O’Neill and Ronan McNabb, to get them through a difficult tie, and they were able to strike for vital scores on the breakway after soaking up spells of pressure.

Dromore pressed early and almost crafted a goal, but Sean McNabb pulled his shot wide. Ruairi Sludden and Nishi O’Neill traded early scores, and after impressive wing-back Emmet O’Neill had charged forward to fist a point, the Rossas went in front through O’Neill and Michael Cassidy.

Experienced pair Sean O’Neill and Ronan McNabb helped the St Dympna’s gradually gain a foothold in the central area, and they pushed forward with conviction for Eoin McCusker and Sean McDonnell to land points.

And in the 23rd minute, Sean O’Neill sent Ruairi Sludden through to bury his shot in the net. They pushed into a five-point lead with another converted free from Sludden, and the loughshore men had gone 13 minutes without a score before Cassidy sent David Mulgrew in for a stoppage-time point.

Dromore led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break, but Ardboe introduced experienced pair Brian McGuigan and John McConville, with former Tyrone star McGuigan making a strong impact.

David Mulgrew ran at their defence, and pulled back a couple of scores. But following a heavy spell of pressure, Dromore broke for McCusker to rifle home a 46th minute goal.

Moments later, McCusker received a straight red card following an incident involving Tommy McGuigan, and the melee which ensured led to a straight red for Ardboe centre-back Martin McKeown as well.

Brian McGuigan won a penalty which was smashed home by Kyle Coney, and just a goal separated the sides going into the final 10 minutes. But a couple of incisive Niall Sludden runs sealed it for Dromore.

He slotted over a point, and won the penalty that younger brother Ruairi slotted confidently to the net.

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