IT’S been a difficult season for Aghyaran, but they produced a barnstorming second-half to claim a 1-12 to 0-10 win over Augher in yesterday’s Intermediate Championship first-round match at Pomeroy.
The scoreboard read 0-7 apiece early in the second-half, but a phenomenal finish to the net from Cathal Browne sent the west Tyrone team on their merry way to a quarter-final clash against tournament favourites Galbally.
Aghyaran were extremely strong at the back in the second-half with Augher dangerman Darragh Kavanagh starved off possession, and at the other end of the pitch Benny Gallen was knocking them over from frees, 45s and from play. In all, the goalkeeper who has been repackaged as a forward scored eight points.
In yesterday’s other match at Pomeroy, Clonoe claimed a straightforward 1-17 to 0-9 win over the Moy. The news prior to throw-in that Colm Cavanagh and Michael Conroy were unavailable to the Moy was a major setback, but they started fairly strongly.
Their challenge faded after a fine goal from Clonoe’s Ryan McCabe in the 26th minute, which came shortly after Connor McAliskey had to go off with injury.
Clonoe’s Colm Doris, Patrick Doris and Paul Coney scored three points each, while the talented Danny McNulty scored five points in a twenty-minute camoe in the second-half, setting up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Trillick.
Pick up the Tyrone Herald for full coverage of all the weekend’s championship matches