Tyrone Senior Football Championship semi-final
St. Enda's 0-8
The 2011 season for St. Enda's seniors came to an abrupt end at Pomeroy on Sunday evening when seasoned campaigners Dromore proved to be too much of a handful in the semi-final of the Tyrone championship.
It all went horribly wrong for Paddy Crozier's side in a relatively one-sided contest and despite scoring the first point of the match in the fourth minute courtesy of Ronan O'Neill, St. Enda's soon fell into arrears and were always chasing the game thereafter.
Dromore's strength in depth proved decisive and they dominated in virtually ever sector of the pitch. Indeed, they proved to be prolific scorers with a player from ever sector of their team, apart from goalkeeper, from the full back line to full forward getting on the scoresheet.
Playing with the wind in the first half, Dromore took full advantage of the stormy conditions and rifled over a range of great scores from play and frees to lead 0-10 to 0-4 at the break. Ronan O'Neill (0-2, 1 free), Conor O'Donnell and Cathal McCarron (free) were Omagh's first half scorers but they were hard won efforts while Dromore always looked threatening each time they mounted an attack.
St. Enda's had to start the second half without the injured Conor Clarke but his replacement Conor Starrs put in a sterling performance at midfield with Justin McMahon moving out of defence to try to neutralise Dromore's domination in the middle of the park. Within two minutes of the restart, things looked promising with Conor O'Donnell fetching a pass from Jason McAnulla to register a great point after a good delivery by Justin.
Dromore responded in typical fashion through the impressive McNulty before Justin McMahon got on the scoresheet with Omagh's sixth point. Both sides traded a point apiece by the tenth minute, substitute Conor McMahon getting Omagh's seventh point of the game, but two wides in a row from Joe McMahon dented confidence while Dromore made it double scores on 21 minutes.
A goal was desperately needed by St. Enda's to try to rescue anything but it never looked likely despite the best of efforts from Barry Tierney, Conor O'Donnell, Jason McAnulla and Ronan O'Neill. Dromore's ability to adapt much better to the heavy underfoot conditions and produce excellent foraging runs always seemed to be causing difficulties for Omagh and they killed the game off with further points from play and frees.
Omagh's only response was a late point from Barry Tierney but it was merely a token gesture and simply wrapped up a disappointing game where we failed to replicate any of the panache shown in the Coalisland replay a fortnight earlier.
St. Enda's scorers - Ronan O'Neill (0-2), Conor O'Donnell (0-2), Cathal McCarron, Barry Tierney, Justin McMahon and Conor McMahon (0-1) each.
St. Enda's - Kerril Winters, Hugh Gallagher, Joe McMahon, Stevie Mullan, Dean O'Neill, Justin McMahon, Barry Tierney, Michael Gallagher, Conor Clarke, Conor O'Donnell, Conan Grugan, John McPeake, Ronan O'Neill, Jason McAnulla, Cathal McCarron.
Subs - Conor Starrs for Conor Clarke; Conor McMahon for John McPeake; Shane O'Neill for Cathal McCarron; Patrick Doherty for Justin McMahon.
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