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Semi-Final Shootout for Rossa and Dromore

Declan McNulty of St Dympna's gets his pass off in Creggan's light snow last Sunday.

O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt v St Dympna's Dromore
Ronan Barry (Tullylish, An Dún)

Within thirty seconds of both these side's Quarter-Final ties, they had both raised a green flag, Magherafelt's Michael McEvoy and Dromore's Andrew McGrath finishing to the net to set up comfortable victories for their sides. Neither are likely to have things their own way on Sunday afternoon in Creggan.

The Derry champions were in devastating form as they swatted off the challenge from a highly-rated Enniskillen, firing home six goals in the process as they flexed their free-flowing, attacking muscle.

Paddy McLarnon was our Man of the Match from Rossa's Quarter-Final win over Enniskillen Gaels.

In Michael Lynch, Ben McErlain and Ronan Young, they have an exciting and dangerous full-forward line who contributed 2-05 in their Quarter-Final, but their squad is filled with talented footballers who are well capable of finding scores from every conceivable angle.

Corner back Paddy McLarnon, half forward Declan Martin and a goal-gluttonous Eoghan Hawe all chipped in with three-pointers last time out as the hordes of red jerseys tore the Enniskillen defence asunder.

St Dympna's had to wait a little longer for their 2019 bow, but when they finally got their hands on the leather they wasted no time in taking an early lead against Clann Éireann last Sunday.

Declan McNulty claimed our Man of the Match award in Dromore's Quarter-Final clash with Clann Éireann.

Their direct running and relentless movement caused the Lurgan side no end of problems and the link play of our Man of the Match Declan McNulty will be crucial as they come up against a disciplined Rossa defence.

Full forward Tiernan Sludden was a hugely effective target man for Dromore in their Quarter Final, providing a focal point from which the electric Emmett McNabb was able to benefit, the corner forward hitting 0-05 from play in a superb display.

The Tyrone side won their county title back in April, but last week's encounter, if not the brisk Loughshore wind, will have blown off any cobwebs and they should be relishing the challenge posed by Magherafelt.

The two teams will hope to lower their wide counts from their previous encounters, both firing seven efforts astray, while Magherafelt dropped three attempts short compared to Dromore's two.

If both teams play to their ability this clash will provide entertainment and skill in abundance and has the potential to be a high-scoring encounter. Two disciplined defences take on two clinical forward lines, but the extra firepower in the Rossa ranks may just be enough to edge this one by a small margin.

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