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Much-needed win for battling Strabane

Tattyreagh……………1-05
Strabane………………1-15

STRABANE Sigersons gave their relegation survival chances a bit of a boost when they defeated Tattyreagh at a sunny Darcy Park on Sunday afternoon in the Tyrone All County League Division 2.

The home side fielded a severely depleted side owing to their involvement in next Sunday’s LCC Tyrone Intermediate Championship decider against Augher which was much to the visitor’s advantage.

The opening exchanges were close enough with Danny McBride with a brace and Dylan Arnold, Warner Mullen from a free kick and Martin Mongan all on target for Strabane whilst the home side responded with scores via Robert Porter and a brace from Caolán McDonagh and went close on goal via Tejay Richards.

Prior to the interval, Strabane added a further four points with Warner Mullen accounting for three of them, one from play and two from free kicks whilst Brian Breslin also fired over a point.

The second half got underway with Strabane sending over a brace of points via Danny McBride and the hard-working Ethan Corry.

Tattyreagh refused to lie down and they were rewarded for their perseverance when the referee awarded them a penalty which Keelan McDonagh duly dispatched to the Strabane net past the helpless James O’Reilly midway through the second half.

Strabane responded with a goal of their own via substitute Arán McGowan just minutes later and the same player also added a point from play. The visitors added points via Ethan Corry and Warner Mullen to increase their lead.

Tattyreagh never gave up and hit two late scores via Robert Porter and Adrian Harley but the final say fell to Strabane who added a final brace of points through Haydn McNamee to seal a victory.

This was a must needed win for Strabane, but they still have an uphill battle ahead to avoid the dreaded drop to Junior level with only one round of fixtures remaining.

For Tattyreagh it’s onto the Intermediate County final this weekend with the possibility of playing Senior level in 2019 very much on the horizon for them.

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