Carrickmore played host to Dromore in the battle of champions from 2021 and it was the league title holders who came out on top on a 1-12 to 1-10 scoreline. Andrew McGrath and Stephen Grogan were among the points for their respective teams early on before a McGrath goal put Dromore in front. The hosts responded though with a goal from Daniel Fullerton and points from Lorcan McGarrity and Caolan Daly to lead at the break. Odhran Rafferty and Declan McNulty closed the gap on the restart but efforts from Grogan, Jack McCallan and Fullerton ensured that Carrickmore came out on top.
Errigal Ciaran made the trip to Donnelly Park to take on Trillick and they returned home with a share off the spoils after a keenly contested encounter. Tommy Canavan and Simon Garrity swapped early points before James Garrity got a Trillick goal. The visitors responded straight away with a Ruairi Canavan goal and that was followed by a point from the same player as they led 1-5 to 1-2 at halftime. Ruairi Canavan and Peter O’Hanlon exchanged points with Sean O’Donnell on the restart before Lee Brennan got a couple for Trillick. Ryan Lynch then knocked over a superb point from the sideline and it looked like being the winner until an injury time Brennan free rescued the St.Macartans as it finished 1-9 each.
Omagh began their campaign with a hugely impressive 5-12 to 2-10 win over Derrylaughan at O’Neills Healy Park. Key attacker Ronan O’Neill once again led the way in the scoring stakes for the St.Endas with a goal and a number of points with Tommy Clarke, Eoghan McNamee, Ryan McBride and Micheal Gallagher all finding the net as well. Tomas Carney top scored for the Kevin Barrys with his haul including one of the goals while Fergal McAliskey got their other major on the night.
Coalisland hit two late points to salvage a draw at home to Killyclogher, 1-9 to 0-12 the final scoreline. The St.Marys dominated the first half and that was reflected on the scoreboard as they established a 0-8 to 0-2 advantage with the Rafferty brothers John and Michael and the McCann siblings Conall and Oisin all on target. Plunkett Kane, Oisin McHugh and Tiernan Quinn helped narrow the deficit on the restart before Quinn converted a penalty. Three Mark Bradley points however kept Killyclogher in front and they looked to have done enough until a late Quinn brace.
The Eoghan Ruadh pitch was the venue for the meeting of Dungannon and Ardboe and it was the Clarkes who prevailed 3-14 to 1-12. Sean Cowan and Lorcan Mallon had first half goals for the Clarkes and when Paul Donaghy added a third just after the break the winners never looked back. Kyle Coney was the leading marksman for the Rossas on the night with Eugene Teague also among their points with Shay McGuigan getting their goal. Dungannon though always looked comfortable with Patrick Quinn and Ciaran Barker getting their names on the scoresheet as well.
Newly promoted Greencastle got their campaign off on a winning note when they edged a low scoring encounter away to Loughmacrory. Dara Curran had a first half brace for the home side with Ryan Gumley responding in kind for the visitors. Cathaoir Gallagher opened Loughmacrory’s second half account but that proved to be their only score after the break as points from Sean Warnock and Sean Fox helped the visitors take the spoils on a 0-6 to 0-4 scoreline.
Moortown were another promoted side who enjoyed a brilliant opening win and again theirs was achieved on the road as they won 0-9 to 1-3. Pascal McClure got the only goal of the game but despite points from Connor McAliskey the O’Rahillys came up short. Ryan Kelly top scored for the St.Malachys with a number of well struck frees with Shea Lawn getting a couple as well as the Loughshore men claimed a deserved victory.
Donaghmore timed their run to the winning line to perfection as they edged a low scoring contest at Moy, 0-7 to 0-5. The home side led for three quarters of the contest thanks to points from Jamie Coleman, Matthew Lavery and Shane Mackle as the visitors registered a number of wides. When it was needed most though the St.Patricks found their range with points from Deasun Quinn and defender Shea Hamill helping them to secure a hard earned victory.