Trillick have too much class and power for Killyclogher in Tyrone SFC

Rory Brennan got two goals for Trillick against Killyclogher  
Francis Mooney

Tyrone SFC quarter-final: Trillick 3-14 Killyclogher 1-6

LAST year’s beaten finalists Trillick had too much class and power for Killyclogher as they cruised through to the Tyrone SFC semi-finals with a comfortable win at O’Neills Healy Park.

When they met at this stage last year, Trillick squeezed through following a penalty shoot-out, but this time there was to be no such drama as a dominant St Macartan’s side led from start to finish, underlining their dominance with goals from half backs Rory Brennan (2) and Seanie O’Donnell.

Their movement and support play, and above all discipline in defending in numbers, proved a potent mix to which their opponents could find no answer. Trillick’s high press pinned their opponents back for most of the opening quarter, and Killyclogher were fortunate to be just two points behind when they got their opening score in the 14th minute through Conall McCann.

McCann’s second had them just a point behind at the water break, Trillick’s scores coming from Lee Brennan, Mattie Donnelly and Liam Gray. But the Reds continued to press, and five points on the spin had them sitting comfortably, Brenann, Daire Gallagher and wing back Seanie O’Donnell, with two, pushing them into a 0-8 to 0-2 lead.

The St Mary’s struggled to break down a well organised defence which had Richie and Mattie Donnelly dropping back, and Rory Brennan dealing with much of the traffic that came his way. But Nathan Donnelly sparked the revival with a point that rewarded persistence and hard work, and Bradley landed a brilliant score.

And in stoppage time, they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Conall McCann. Bradley’s kick was saved by Ryan Kelly, but the Tyrone attacker followed up to bury the rebound in the net, leaving his side just a point behind at the break, 0-9 to 1-5. But Rory Brennan grabbed a 37th minute goal, finishing from close range off James Garrity’s assist, to steady Trillick nerves.

And they suffocated Killyclogher’s offensive effort, getting men back quickly to close down an increasingly frustrated attack, and as they broke with purpose, Mark Bradley was forced to spend most of the third quarter deep in his own half. A second Trillick goal from flying wing back Seanie O’Donnell pushed the Reds seven clear and it was all over for the men from Ballinamullan.

O’Donnell brought his tally to 1-3, opening out an eight points gap, and when Rory Brennan raced through to smash home a brilliant third goal on 55 minutes, they were out of sight.

Trillick scorers: R Brennan 2-0, S O’Donnell 1-3 1-0 L Brennan 0-5, (3f, 1m), L Gray, J Garrity 0-2 each, M Donnelly, D Gallagher 0-1 each.

Killyclogher scorers: M Bradley 1-2 (0-1 f), C McCann 0-2, N Donnelly, M Murnaghan 0-1 each.

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