Carrickmore set up Tyrone league semi-final with Trillick with Errigal Ciaran to face Killyclogher

Lee Brennan (left) scored a late equaliser for Trillick against Clonoe
Lee Brennan (left) scored a late equaliser for Trillick against Clonoe Lee Brennan (left) scored a late equaliser for Trillick against Clonoe

DEFENDING champions Carrickmore will face Trillick in the semi-final of the Tyrone Division One League, with Errigal Ciaran taking on Killyclogher in the other semi.

Carmen booked their place in the last four at the weekend, defeating Greencastle in their final game to join the other three, who had secured their involvement in the play-offs a week earlier.

But most of the drama from a highly-charged final round of fixtures came at the other end of the table, where Derrylaughan were consigned to automatic relegation after finishing bottom despite their win over Moy.

However, their drop to Division Two has not yet been confirmed, as they will retain their top tier status if they win the senior championship.

Moy will meet Clonoe in the relegation play-off, with the loser to slip into the second division for 2023 – again subject to the outcome of the championship.

The winner of that play-off will be far from safe, facing a further play-off against a promotion-chasing Division Two side.

Killyclogher finished top of the Division One table, a point ahead of the three chasing sides who join them in the semi-finals, beating Ardboe by 3-10 to 1-11 at Coney Park.

They led by 2-7 to 0-6 at the interval, with Gavin Potter and Darragh Hayes both hitting the net, and the victory was sealed by a third goal from Conall McCann.

Lee Brennan’s late equaliser gave Trillick a 0-11 to 0-11 draw at Clonoe and second place in the table, a result which means that the O’Rahilly’s will have to travel to Moy for their relegation play-off tie.

Brennan was his side’s main marksman, with Mattie Donnelly chipping in with a couple of scores, while Connor McAliskey led the line for the O’Rahilly’s, top-scoring with nine points.

Errigal Ciaran’s third place finish was also decided by a drawn tie as they shared the points with Moortown.

It was a superb result for the St Malachy’s, as it confirmed their survival in senior football for a second successive season following their return to the top grade this year.

Moortown led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval, with Brian McLernon hitting the only goal of the game, but the men from Dunmoyle pegged back the scores in the second half, with Tommy Canavan bringing them level late on.

Carrickmore needed a strong finish to edge out Greencastle by a single point at Pairc Colmcille to seal their place in the play-offs and keep the defence of their League title alive.

It was the visitors who shaded a close first half, with Carmen keeping in touch with scores from Danny Fullerton, Jack McCallan, from a ’45, and Caolan Daly.

Going into the final 10 minutes, Greencastle were in front, but Carrickmore got the points they needed through Aidan Fullerton, Danny Fullerton, Lorcan McGarrity and Mickey Donaghy to secure the narrowest of wins.

A crucial game at Moy saw Derrylaughan’s 1-16 to 1-10 win count for little as they failed to avoid bottom spot and automatic relegation, and will need to win the Senior Championship to avoid the drop to Division Two for 2023.

And the Tir na nOgs’ defeat means they remain in serious danger of relegation, with a play-off against the O’Rahilly’s coming up.

Derrylaughan led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, with James Donnelly and Tomas Carney their chief marksmen, and a Fergal McAliskey goal helped them open up a seven points advantage.

Moy hit back with a Michael Conroy goal, but the lough shore men held off the home side’s late surge.