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County loyalties were far from the minds of many of the Tyrone
squad last week as the semi-finals in the WJ Dolan football championships
were played out at several venues in the county. The fixtures
committee did however face some headaches with late cancellations
but overall it was the football that was the real winner over
the four days of action.

Tyrone boss Jimmy McCloughan was on tender hooks all week as he
surveyed some quality semi final action throughout the county,
thankfully none of his all Ireland semi- final squad picked up
any injuries. Five of McCloughans squad though were let off the
hook as Fr Rocks were unable to field against St Macartans in
the senior semi-final, “Macartans boast five of the Tyrone squad
but as Frank McGirr pointed out they would rather have been playing
“We ( St Macartans) haven’t been playing now for several weeks
and the girls were looking forward to the semi-final, unfortunately
with so many girls away on holiday etc the Cookstown side we were
told would not be playing, we are through to the final but its
not the way we would have wanted” Errigal Ciaran spurred on by
an impressive display by Siobhan McGarvey edged a nervous encounter
with Aodh Ruadh on Thursday in Moy. There were some good passages
of play but the one point win by the Errigal side sets up an intringing
final meeting then with their near neighbours “Macartans.

In the intermediate championship Sperrin Og will face the new
kids on the block Ardboe after semi- final wins over Trillick
and Beragh respectively. Sperrin Og still minus Eimear Teague
had enough in reserve to secure a final berth, while Galbally
are back in the junior shake up after they accounted for Pomeroy.
The Galbally side shot themselves out of last years final at the
hamds of Beragh, the hunger though is still very evident in last
weeks display. Badonney will play the Onagh Celts after they secured
a first final appearance in 11 years by virtue of a 4-12 to 5-6
win over Cill Iseal. Ciran Woods’ side led throughout but were
pegged back by the hardworking home side, yet two late scores
(1-1) eased the nerves and put them through.

Finally An Charraig Mhor B are through to the junior b final
while the senior squad are through to the senior B decider after
semi-final victories last week. The dates for the finals will
be confirmed shortly but the attention now switches to the all
Ireland semi-final and the happiest man last week apart from Badonneys
Patsy McCrory was Tyrone boss Jimmy McCloughan, No injury worries
barring those he already had, so its all systems go for September


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