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Carrigallen go through.


Carrigallen qualified for the quarter-finals of the GWP Intermediate Championship after they overcame a tough Cloone challenge last Saturday evening in Ballinamore. After their draw with Drumreilly in the group stages, victory over Cloone ensures Carrigallen's place in the quarter-finals and they must await the result of the Cloone and Drumreilly game to see if they top the group.

But it was not a straight forward victory for Carrigallen as Cloone made a better start and it took a goal seven minutes from halftime to put the eventual winners in control. Indeed, the second half saw Cloone out-score Carrigallen by four points to three but they couldn't get close enough to cause a shock.

County player Donal Brennan opened the scoring on eight minutes before Ciaran Flynn equalised for Carrigallen. Cloone then went two points clear when a good solo run from Derek O'Donnell yielded a point while brother Damien pointed on 13 minutes. Andrew McManus and Damien O'Donnell swapped points before Carrigallen took control of the game in the last eight minutes of the half. Sub Benny O'Rourke pointed a 22nd minute free.

Andrew McManus then scored the game's only goal, following-up after an initial save from Cloone keeper Ciaran Casey. McManus and Ciaran Harte added further points before Donal Brennan pulled back a point from a 29th minute free. However, Carrigallen finished the half strongly with two O'Rourke frees, leaving them 1-7 to 0-5 in front at the break.
Cloone set about reducing that five point gap with a Damien O'Donnell point four minutes into the second half but Carrigallen were not in charitable mood and points from J.P. McManus and Charles McGuinness followed either side of a Donal Brennan free.

Brennan added another free on 12 minutes while Dermot Tiernan reduced the gap slightly with a 17th minute point. But the last score of the game fell to O'Rourke as Carrigallen booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Carrigallen: Enda Lyons, Ciaran Harte (0-1), Noel Nash, Dermot Mulligan, Hugh Magee, David Flynn, Karl Ward, Cliff Richardson, Noel Doonan, Eamon O'Malley, J.P. McManus (0-1), Charles McGuinness (0-1), Gary Reynolds, Ciaran Flynn (0-1), Andrew McManus (1-2). Subs: Benny O'rourke (0-4) for Richardson (20 mins) Gary Reilly for Eamon O'Malley (48 mins), Terence Reynolds for Harte (50 mins), Rory Harte for Flynn (53 mins).

Cloone: Ciaran Casey, Brian Mulvey, Aidan Mulvey, John Creegan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Gavin Reynolds, Seamus Maguire, Mark Beirne, Damien O'Donnell (0-3), Derek O'Donnell (0-1), Niall Brennan, Ronan Mulvey, Dermot Tiernan (0-1), Donal Brennan (0-4), Mark Creegan. Subs: Alan Canning for J. Creegan(HT).