Carrickmore v Clonoe O’Rahilly
In part-two of Sunday’s epic double header, second quarter-final replay, odds on favourites Carrickmore take on Clonoe O’ Rahilly’s at Edendork, throw in 5.15pm. It was yet another last-gasp equaliser from Carricks Conor Gormley that set up this replay.
The previous meeting was a dour, dogged contest with only six scores apiece and Clonoe, despite being a point down at half-time, paid the price for opting for a possession game instead of taking their scoring chances in the second half when they lead by a point.
However, Carmen midfielder Gormely had other ideas and sent over a long range free right at the death, to send it to a replay.
Carrickmore seem to making a habit of last minute adventures as they scraped into the quarter-final with a one point win over Errigal Ciaran 0-12 to 1-8. The Carmen men held on despite a comeback, deep in stoppage-time, from Peter O’ Canavans men to narrowly take the game.
They lie top of the league, only losing one game way back in May against fellow quarter-finalists Ardboe.
Clonoe will be without the suspended Conor McAliskey who received a second yellow card in injury-time against Carrickmore.
A two point victory in the last round over Trillick St. Macartan’s was enough to see them through and even though they are outside favourites, O’ Rahilly’s lie second in the league, four points off the top but have showed only average form over the past number of weeks losing two out of last three. Indeed, their first league opener was against this weekend’s opposition, but the Carmen men came out on top by three points.
The bookies don’t have Carrickmore at 4/6 for no reason. They hold the record number of county titles, totalling 15, the last in 2006 and have strength in depth something O’ Rahilly’s lack. However, they will need to improve their performance if they are to advance to the Semi-finals.