Keenaghan seals victory
GALLEN CS, FERBANE 2-13
HOLY TRINITY, COOKSTOWN 1-14
GALLEN CS upset the odds when they secured victory over Holy Trinity Cookstown in Ballyconnell.
The Offaly lads made full use of a strong wind in the first half to establish a 1-9 to 0-6 interval lead and they would never trail thereafter.
It was the Tyrone side who started the brighter, with Danny McNulty and Michael Cassidy among the points, but Gallen responded with frees from Joe Maher and Eoghan Lowry and a couple of points from play from midfielder Ciaran Cahill, while Aaron McDonagh scored a well-worked goal.
Brendan Burns and Kieran McGeary helped trim the deficit on the restart, but Gallen were always able to keep their opponents at arm’s length with the superb Lowry taking his personal haul to five for the afternoon.
With time running out, Holy Trinity were still very much in the game thanks to frees from Matthew Heagney and Shea Coney, but, in the final minute, a mistake in their defence allowed Daragh Keenaghan to dribble through and shoot past ’keeper John McCourt. Holy Trinity did hit back with a McGeary goal, but Gallen held out to book their place in Saturday's final.
SCORERS – Gallen CS: E lowry 0-5, A McDonagh 1-1, D Keenaghan 1-0, J Maher 0-3, C Cahill 0-2, S Costello, B Grehan 0-1 each. Holy Trinity: M Heagney 0-5, K McGeary 1-1, S Coney 0-4, D McNulty 0-2, M Cassidy, B Burns 0-1 each.
GALLEN CS – D Digan, D Kelly, C Lowry, J Nally, S Wren, D Corbett, S Costello, L Fox, C Cahill, J Maher, A McDonagh, D Keenaghan, R Delaney, B Grehan, E Lowry.
HOLY TRINITY – J McCourt, R Mullan, S Gervin, P Warnock, M Mills, D McNulty, M Hughes, A Devlin, S Coney, M Cassidy, M Heagney, C Coyle, K McGeary, B Burns, C McAleer.
Subs: B Potter for Coyle, E Coyle for McGeary (blood sub).
REF – J McQuillan (Cavan)