Wolfe Tones v Pearse Og – Sat 30 Sept – St Paul’s – 2pm
Pearse Og and Wolfe Tones are set to do it all again as they head into their quarter-final replay on Saturday.
A draw was perhaps the fair result last weekend in Maghery. The sides played out the cliched game of two halves.
The Ogs were the dominant force early on, thanks mostly to the scoring ability of Ruairi, Paul and Anto Duffy.
After losing midfielder Conor McNicholl at the throw up, the Ogs started well. Ruairi Duffy opened the scoring with a goal.
From there, the first half always looked like an uphill battle for the Derrymacash side, with five the difference at the break.
But a new and improved Wolfe Tones team took the field after the turnaround. With the shackles off, they went for glory.
Their big leaders all stood up. Ryan McQuillan was outstanding while Jonathan McCarron was a real driving force.
In the attacking half of the field, sharpshooter Paudie Judge done the business and he finished the game with 1-5.
But Paul Duffy showed real leadership as well as he landed the two levelling scores. Both at the end of normal time and the end of extra time.
So, coming off the field in Maghery last weekend, Wolfe Tones will feel that was one they left behind.
For Garreth Thornton’s Ogs, they bounced off the pitch content that they remain in the running for the Atty Hearty Cup.
Both sides will have had six days to shake themselves down and go again as one semi-final spot remains.
St Patrick’s, St Paul’s and Keady are already there so for the Ogs and the Tones it’s about nailing down that final place.
The Ogs won the two league encounters between the sides, but championship is a different ball game.
As last weekend showed, nothing is predictable when it comes to championship football and this one could go right down to the wire once again.