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Clann Éireann Still In Dreamland After Ulster Quarter-Final Victory

Clann Éireann Still In Dreamland After Ulster Quarter-Final Victory
By PJ Browne

Three weeks on from winning their first Armagh senior football title in 58 years and the Clann Éireann journey took another step on Sunday.

In the Ulster quarter-finals, they defeated Antrim champions Kickhams Creggan 2-14 to 0-17 after extra time.

"It was absolutely superb," Clann Éireann manager Tommy Coleman told RTÉ Radio One's Sunday Sport.

"The first half, we didn't come out of the blocks. We fell too deep and Creggan came onto us. They pulled away and had a six-point lead.

"At half-time, we said we'd change it around a bit. We battened the defensive systems that we'd put in place, pushed high up the field, pressurised them high up the field. We told the boys not to panic, just be confident in your own ability, and take the scores as they come.

"When TK (Tiernan Kelly) landed that massive equaliser at the end of normal time, the momentum had shifted, and swung to us. For us to be able to get the goal, it gave us a real, real boost. It was always going to be tough for Creggan to get back from there when you get a major score like that in extra-time.

"When you get to provincial football at this time of year, it doesn't make for fast, flowing football where you can get the goals. Those scores are just mighty."

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Clann Éireann will face Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly - victors over Tyrone's Dromore on Saturday - in the Ulster semi-final.

"Derrygonnelly are an excellent side," said Coleman.

"We watched them yesterday. Very physical, strong team that play good championship football. They've been around the block for the last six, seven, eight years. We'll not look any further than Derrygonnelly.

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"If you'd told me two years ago, that we'd be in an Ulster semi-final, I'd have told you to get your head looked at."

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