Derrygonnelly power through in extra-time after scoring late equaliser

Fermanagh side secure Ulster semi-finals slot as they see off Dromore

Derrygonnelly’s Lee Jones celebrates at the final whistle of the AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Dromore at  Páirc Colmcille, Carrickmore. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Derrygonnelly’s Lee Jones celebrates at the final whistle of the AIB Ulster Club Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Dromore at Páirc Colmcille, Carrickmore. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

 

Dromore 0-13 Derrygonnelly 1-16 (aet)

Derrygonnelly needed a 65th-minute equaliser to send a tense Ulster Club SFC opener to extra-time, but Conall Jones dragged them over the line with clinical long-range place-kicking at Carrickmore.

A strong second quarter saw the Ernemen open out a three points gap with scores from Garvan Jones, Declan Cassidy and Conall Jones to lead by 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval.

The Tyrone men fought back through Peter Teague, Ryan McCusker and Eoin McCusker to go level, and had a man extra for the final quarter after centre back Cassidy picked up a second booking.

Andrew McGrath thought he had won it with a 61st-minute score, but Jones thumped a long-range free-kick into the wind and between the posts to tie it at 0-10 each.

He continued to hit the target from placed balls to send his side four clear, before being sent off on a second booking, with Dromore also reduced to 14 through Colm O’Neill’s second yellow.

Dromore pulled back scores through Cahir Goodwin and Peter Teague, but were unable to break down a strong Derrygonnelly defence, and the Fermanagh men clinched it right at the death with Stephen McGullion’s punched goal.

DROMORE: M McGale; C O’Hara, P Teague (0-2, one free), C O’Neill (0-1); P McHugh, R McCusker (0-1), N McCarron; O Rafferty, N Sludden; S McNabb, R McNabb snr, R McNabb jnr (0-2); E McNabb (0-3, two frees), T Sludden, E McCusker (0-2, one free).

Subs: C Slevin for E McNabb (24), A McGrath (0-1) for T Sludden (39), C McCoy for Rafferty (41), C Goodwin (0-1) for McHugh (48), C MacRory for McCusker (59), T McCarron for Slevin (69).

DERRYGONNELLY: J McGurn; A Jones, T Daly, M Jones; O Smyth, D Cassidy (0-1), A McKenna; Stephen McGullion (1-0), R Jones (0-2); E McHugh, G Jones (0-1, free), L Jones; Shane McGullion (0-1), C Jones (0-6, five frees), G McKenna (0-4, one free).

Subs: R McGovern for A McKenna (43), C Burns for L Jones (51), G McGovern (0-1) for G Jones (56), N Maguire (61), L Jones for Smyth (66), S Gilroy for Shane McGullion (74), G Jones for G McKenna (76).

Referee: M McNally (Dromore).

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