Clann Eireann clinch incredible extra time win

Creggan 0-17 Clann Eireann 2-14

It was an incredible occasion for Clann Eireann as they once again defied the odds to come out on top.

They looked dead and buried at the interval as Creggan out played and out muscled the Armagh champions.

But just as he did in the Orchard decider, Tommy Coleman called upon his trusty bench to get them over the line.

The elusive Jack Conlon set up both goals while Ruairi McDonald nailed 1-2 after being introduced.

Daniel Magee was inspirational in the full forward line and Tiernan Kelly swooped over the score that secured extra time.

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9-2 down early in the second half, the Lurgan men turned it on to draw level by the water break.

The super subs combined as Conlon sent through McDonald, who fired low to the corner to tie the game 1-6 to 0-9.

While Clann Eireann turned the tide after the break, they still needed two late scores to remain in the game.

Ruairi McCann slotted over from the dead ball to give Creggan a two-point cushion, but the hosts couldn’t maintain their lead.

McDonald cut the deficit while Kelly pointed from almost 50 yards with a free to bring the game into overtime.

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Clann Eireann looked much fresher and fitter as they charged for the Ulster championship semi-final.

Conlon assisted once again as the green flag was raised, his laser-sharp vision playing through Magee.

Clann Eireann’s top scorer didn’t need a second chance and rippled the net with a rocket to the bottom corner.

Creggan fought hard through Kevin Small, their best player, who claimed his fourth just before the full-time whistle sounded.

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The result never looked in doubt once the sides lined out for extra time. It took some heroic defending from Conon O’Carroll and Shea Heffron to keep their side on top.

They now face Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly, who saw off Dromore after extra time on Saturday.

The Erne County representatives will provide another strong test, but Clann Eireann know they can produce when it really counts. Even when the odds are stacked against them.

Clann Eireann: Eoghan Mulholland, Conan O’Carroll, Barry McCambridge, Declan Leathem, Sean McCarthy, Shea Heffron, Adam Kelly, Conor Bell, Tiarnan Kelly 0-2 (1f), Daniel Magee 1-3, Ryan Henderson, Conor McConville 0-1, Dan McCarthy, Conor Turbitt 0-4 (2f), Aodhan McConville 0-1. Subs: Ruairi McDonald 1-2 for A. McConville, Jack Conlon 0-1 for D. McCarthy, Oran McCafferty for C. Bell, Odhran Downey for S. McCarthy, John McLaughlin for D. Magee.