JOB done with plenty to spare. Trillick served notice of their championship intentions with a comfortable 3-17 to 0-6 win over Strabane Sigersons on Friday night.
The spotlight has shifted from St Macartan’s since their unexpected title success two years ago. That probably won’t change until they take down one of the heavy hitters but they have the opportunity to do so in their upcoming quarter-final clash against Coalisland.
Overcoming a sluggish start against Strabane, they shifted through the gears and delivered a composed performance in front of a disappointing attendance at Healy Park.
James Garrity, a member of this year’s Tyrone minor panel, had a breakout championship performance, overshadowing some of his more renowned colleagues.
His first-half goal opened up a 1-6 to 0-3 lead with 21 minutes on the clock. He grabbed a second with the game almost over to leave the scoreboard reading 3-15 to 0-6. Both were deadly finishes to the bottom corner of the net.
Trillick’s four Tyrone galacticos had varying degrees of influence. Mattie Donnelly was in his element in the middle sector, ferrying the ball almost unhindered deep into the Strabane defence and scoring two points for his troubles. Brother Richie was a little less conspicuous than his midfield partner Ryan Gray, however.
Rory Brennan ghosted forward on countless occasions and scored Trillick’s second goal of the night, his fearsome shot rocketing off the crossbar after an intricate build-up.
Most neutral observers, however, will have been most interested in the performance of the great white hope for Tyrone’s inside forward line, Lee Brennan. In actuality, he spent most of his night roaming around the half-forward line. He slotted six points from the dead ball and added two from play. Some way short of his 3-14 tally against Strabane earlier in the year but it was another fine performance.
A word on the Sigersons; Strabane have been ravaged by emigration this year and were a distinct second best against Trillick. They set up primarily to contain their opposition, leaving only two men up front. It mattered not a jot as Trillick racked up an impressive tally but they were by no means humiliated either, trying hard throughout.
Captain Warner Mullen tried to stamp his authority in the middle and slotted four frees, while lone playmaker Marc Devine saw plenty of possession. Ultimately, though, they didn’t have the firepower in attack to truly challenge their opposition.
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Posted: 6:30 pm September 11, 2017