Tuesday 20 February 2018

Bradley hits heights to fire Killyclogher to O'Neill glory

Killyclogher 0-20 Coalisland 0-6

Nathan Donnelly of Killyclogher in action against Peter Donnelly of Coalisland. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Nathan Donnelly of Killyclogher in action against Peter Donnelly of Coalisland. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Mark Bradley of Killyclogher in action against Louis O'Neill of Coalisland. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile
Killyclogher captain Martin Swift lifts the cup following the Tyrone County Senior Club Football Championship. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

Mark Bradley was the toast of Killyclogher as he produced an awesome performance to shoot his club to the O'Neill Cup.

He grabbed the first of his six first-half points from play on four minutes, dummying past Michael McKernan - who had received plaudits for marking him in the drawn game.

He then tormented McKernan with a series of points kicked from acute angles - prompting a tactical switch from Coalisland.

A remarkable incident occurred when a spectator caught Killyclogher half-forward Leo Meenan with a punch while leaning over the rails, in full view of the press box. He then blended into the anonymity of the crowd.

It took 20 minutes for Coalisland to get off the mark with a Cormac O'Hagan '45', and they only added one more first-half point, from Dermot Thornton, to leave the half-time score 0-9 to 0-2.

The second half was only two minutes old when the final nail in the coffin arrived for Coalisland.

Their county panelist Padraig Hampsey had already been booked in the first half and he caught Tiernan McCann high as he broke out of defence. Referee Fergal Ward was left with no alternative but to issue a second yellow.

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Aidy Kelly punched over when the goal chance was on. Simon O'Neill added a point from distance, and then the McCann brothers Tiernan and Conall added two more as Killyclogher asserted their superiority in every department.

They even sent on Niall McFadden - who ruptured his cruciate in the drawn final - at the end.

Resistance from Coalisland could not even be described as token as they meekly surrendered.

Killyclogher now face Antrim champions Cargin in the Ulster club championship in Healy Park tomorrow week.

Scorers - Killyclogher: M Bradley 0-8 (2fs), S O'Neill 0-4 (2fs), T McCann, C McCann (1 '45'), F Meenagh, A Kelly, N Donnelly, J Carlin (f) 0-1 each. Coalisland: S McNally 0-2fs, C O'Hagan ('45'), D Thornton, P Kane, M McKernan 0-1 each

Killyclogher - S Fox; M Swift, D Gorman, G Sludden; T McCann, E Bradley, G Wallace; C McCann, F Meenagh; A Kelly, L Meenan, N Donnelly; M Bradley, S O'Neill, E McFadden. Subs: T Flanagan for Kelly (46), J Carlin for O'Neill (55), C Donnelly for Sludden (57), D Carlin for Bradley (60), N McFadden for Bradley (74).

Coalisland - J Curran; S Hughes, L O'Neill, M McKernan; D Fee, N Kerr, E Hampsey; P Hampsey, P Kane; C O'Hagan, C Quinn, S McNally; B Toner, P McGahan, D Thornton. Subs: P Donnelly for Fee (25), Curran (31), C Bayne for O'Hagan (41), J Carberry for Quinn (44), G Toner for McGahan (51), N Fox for E Hampsey (54).

Ref - F Ward (Errigal Ciaran)

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