Thrilling Trillick dump out champs Coalisland
Defending champions Coalisland were sent crashing out in a gripping Tyrone SFC semi-final yesterday as 2015 champions Trillick laid an ambush, squeezing through to the decider with a 0-13 to 0-12 win at Pomeroy yesterday.
Former Tyrone attacker Lee Brennan was on target from some long-range frees to seal the deal for a St Macartan's side that overturned a two-point interval deficit.
Two Brennan frees and a Ryan Gray effort had Trillick ahead by the 22nd minute, but the title-holders stepped up the tempo in the closing stages of the half, kicking four of the remaining five points, with Cormac O'Hagan converting a '45 as well as a free from distance.
Tiarnan Quinn's third edged them into a 0-9 to 0-7 interval lead, but Trillick renewed the intensity to go level again, through Lee Brennan and Ryan Gray.
Although playing into the wind, they continued to press, and a 50-metre free, drilled through the posts by Brennan, had them ahead going into the final quarter.
He nailed another couple of gems from placed balls and it became a three-point gap, but Coalisland responded through Paddy McNeice and Peter McGahan.
However, their title was slipping and they became the 14th successive Tyrone champions to fail in the defence of the O'Neill Cup.