Danske Bank Corn na nÓg final
Omagh CBS 1-10 St Patrick's, Dungannon 1-9
THE all-Tyrone Danske Bank Corn na nÓg Final was expected to be a tight affair and that’s exactly how it panned out at O’Neills Healy Park on Friday night with the lads from the west of the County prevailing by the minimum margin.
Omagh led by four points at the break and when they opened the second half scoring to go further in front they looked to be well on top. With the wind at their backs though Dungannon produced a sterling comeback as they held their opponents scoreless in the last 20 minutes only for their efforts to just come up short.
Ciaran Devine and Diarmuid Martin put Omagh into an early two-point lead before a Joel Kerr free opened the Academy’s account in the sixth minute. Martin registered again, but in the 11th minute Dungannon bagged a goal through Eoghan McGlone after he reacted first to a shot for a point from Kerr coming back off the post.
A free from Peter Colton levelled matters before Omagh got on top. Full-forward Martin grabbed a goal and Peter Garrity tagged on a superb point after going past three players. A Jonah Feeney brace kept the Academy in touch but it was Omagh who led 1-8 to 1-4 at the interval after Colton and McGlone had exchanged points.
A free into the wind from Colton got Omagh up and running at the start of the second period and he converted another placed ball after Feeney had responded for the Dungannon lads.
That proved to be their last score, however, as Dungannon began to turn the screw with the elements in their favour.
Kerr converted a brace of frees either side of a quality effort from play from half-back Aodhan Quinn to set up a tense finish.
With five minutes left Feeney knocked over a free to reduce the deficit to the minimum but Omagh held on to take the silverware.