AIB Ulster Club SFC: Derrygonnelly prevail following penalties drama
AIB Ulster Club SFC Quarter-Final
DERRYGONNELLY HARPS (FERMANAGH) 1-17 TRILLICK (TYRONE) 3-11 (
Derrygonnelly win 6-5 on penalties after extra time)
By Orla Bannon at Brewster Park
Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly advanced to the semi-finals of the AIB Ulster Club SFC after winning a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Trillick after extra time.
All five players on both teams converted their penalties at Brewster Park and Conall Jones stepped up for Derrygonnelly for a second time and delivered again – but Tyrone star Lee Brennan was the unlucky one to miss.
He seemed to lose his footing as he struck his second penalty and the ball crashed off the bottom of the right-hand post.
He was immediately consoled by both sets of players but at the end of it all it's five-in-a-row Erne champions Derrygonnelly who will take on Down kingpins Kilcoo in the Ulster semi-finals in two weeks time.
Trillick led by three points at the end of normal time and were pegged back as it finished level at 1-13 to 2-10.
They were ahead by four points at half time in extra time after Ryan Gray scored his second goal of the day for Trillick, but again Derrygonnelly showed great heart to claw their way back to force penalties.
Tyrone captain Mattie Donnelly went off injured at half time in normal time, but came back on with two minutes to go in extra time and got turned over in his own half of the field.
Conall Jones, who top-scored with 0-7, steadied himself and nailed the free to tee up the penalty kicks.
Derrygonnelly got a dream start after just two minutes when cornerback Eamon McHugh, one of the smallest men on the field, fisted a goal after Conall Jones' attempt at a point dropped short.
Jones then scored two impressive points from out wide to stretch their lead out to three points.
Trillick responded with a well-worked goal straight off the training ground.
Richie Donnelly kicked a brilliant looping pass into his brother Mattie at full-forward who laid the ball off to the in-rushing Ryan Gray who finished from close range to draw them level for the first time at 1-3 apiece after 14 minutes.
Lee Brennan was lethal from placed balls, but both sides missed chances and went in level at 1-6 each at half time.
James Garrity scored Trillick's second goal five minutes into the second half, drilling a lovely pass across from Liam Gray into the net.
Trillick thought they'd done enough but Derrygonnelly defender Shane McGullion's injury-time point took the game to extra time, before the penalty drama to follow.
Scorers for Derrygonnelly: Conall Jones 0-7 (5fs), Eamon McHugh 1-0, Garvan Jones 0-6 (3f), Ryan Jones 0-3, Shane McGullion 0-1.
Scorers for Trillick: Ryan Gray 2-0, Lee Brennan 0-7 (5fs,145), James Garrity 1-0, Liam Gray 0-2, Mattie Donnelly, Daire Gallagher 0-1 each.
DERRYGONNELLY HARPS: Jack Kelly; Jack Love, Tiernan Daly, Eamon McHugh; Shane McGullion, Mickey Jones, Garvan McGinley; Ryan Jones, Stephen McGullion; Lee Jones, Kevin Cassidy, Declan Cassidy; Gavin McGovern, Conall Jones, Garvan Jones.
Subs: Ronan McHugh for D Cassidy (41, BC), Gary McKenna for McGovern (49), Neil Gallagher for K Cassidy (53), Leigh Green for Love (71), Aidan McKenna for McGinley (77), Garvan McGinley for L Jones (80).
TRILLICK: Joe Maguire; Stephen O'Donnell, Ruairi Kelly, Damian Kelly; Michael Gallagher, Daire Gallagher, Rory Brennan; Richie Donnelly, Gavin McCarron; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Donnelly, Ryan Gray; Liam Gray, Lee Brennan, James Garrity.
Subs: Simon Garrity for M Donnelly (HT), Niall Gormley for N Donnelly (56), Daniel McDonnell for D Kelly (60), Darragh McQuaid for M Gallagher (75), Mattie Donnelly for McCarron (78).
REFEREE: Niall McKenna (Monaghan).