Double-chasing Barry’s turn it around.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

AGHYARAN surrendered a nine points lead to a rampant Derrylaughan side at Plunkett Park as they made their exit from the Donnelly Vauxhall Tyrone Intermediate Championship.


With a place in the final at stake, it was the Barry's who showed the greater hunger in the second half as they reeled off the scores that brought hem a step closer to the double.

Now Aghyaran's promotion hopes are very much in the balance, but they will go up if Derrylaughan go on to clinch the championship title.

First half goals from Ronan McHugh and Malachy Martin had the St Davog's well placed, but they were overwhelmed after the break as an inspired opponent dominated totally.

Ronan McNamee got Aghyaran off the mark with an early point, and in the fourth minute, they got in for their first goal, Michael Anderson providing the lay-off for Ronan McHugh to finish confidently past Michael McGrath.

Goalkeeper Benny Gallen sent over a 45 metre free, and Roger Leonard sent Cathal Browne in for a point, followed by a Malachy Martin volley which dipped but clipped the bar on its way over for a point.

Derrylaughan were reeling, and Aghyaran now led by a commanding nine points margin, but the east Tyrone men began to fight back, with Paddy Quinn leading the way at midfield.

Fergal McAliskey won the free that he converted himself to end an 18 minute scoreless spell, and Quinn was central to the move that ended with Tomas Carney sending over a point.

Aghyaran rallied for McHugh to convert s couple of frees, but Derrylaughan were awarded a penalty which McAliskey slotted to the bottom corner of the net in stoppage time.

The St Davog's led by 2-6 to 1- 4 at the break, and stretched the lead with a McNamee effort straight after the restart.

Derrylaughan stepped up the intensity, and after Tomas Carney fired home a goal, and they never looked back.

Sean Byrne pulled back an Aghyaran score, but the lough shore men responded with a 1-5 salvo, starting with a couple of McAliskey frees.

In the 44th minute, goalkeeper Benny Gallen went on one of his attacking runs, but possession was turned over, and he was stranded 40 metres out when Brian Kennedy send in a ball which Paul Donnelly palmed to the net.

McAliskey and Ciaran Gervin added spectacular scores from play as the strode to victory in a remarkable turnaround.

"It's just about character, absolute character," said Derrylaughan manager Aidan Taggart.

"We put it to the lads what exactly the whole thing meant. Were we going to come out and let ourselves down, were we going to perfor m? "And I knew rightly that we had the players, we had the bench.

In all honesty, Aghyaran had us on the ropes, but we have developed a knack of winning." Taggart admitted that in the first half, his players looked as if they were not motivated to add the championship title to their league success.

"The body language was terrible.

We addressed all that, and we literally asked them individually did they think they had given enough. They answered it with their excellence, and that's what it's all about."

Derrylaughan scorers: Fergal McAliskey 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), Toms Carney 1-1, Paul Donnelly 1-0, Ciaran Quinnn, Liam Gervin 0-2 each, Brian Kennedy, Ciaran Gervin 0-1 each.

Aghyaran scorers: Ronan McHugh 1-3 (0-3 frees), Malachy Martin 1-1, Ronan McNamee 0-2, Cathal Browne, Sean Byrne, Eoin Byrne, Benny Gallen (free) 0-1 each.

Referee: Kieran Eanetta (Omagh)


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