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Brackaville Justify Favourites Tag And Remain On Course For Double.

Saturday 11.08.2012
Team Talk Mag

Owen Roes v Brackaville

Score: 1-7 to 1-13

The full length of the division 3 table separated Owen Roes and their namesakes from Brackaville going into today’s Power NI Tyrone Junior Championship first round game in Dunmoyle, and after sixty minutes football it was indeed hot favourites Brackaville that made into the last eight. However the East Tyrone side were made to fight to the end for their win, with Owen Roes left to rue several missed goal opportunities.

Midfielder Martin Gervin gave Brackaville a first minute later to get proceedings underway as Brackaville played into a stiff breeze in the opening half. Despite the early score both sides took their time to settle with chances spurned at both ends.

When the game’s first goal opportunity did emerge it was the North Tyrone side that conjured it. Moving the ball the length of the field in a sweeping move, wing back Paul Devine burst through but his rasping drive rattled the crossbar with Damien O’Neill beaten.

As often happens, Brackaville punished the miss with Gervin doubling the lead with a breakaway score. Che O’Donnell tagged on another score a minute later.

O’Donnell replicated Devine’s effort from earlier when he burst in on Ryan Mc Shane as he too slammed the cross bar, and this time Owen Roes went up field and pointed. Seamus Dooher was felled and Andy Devine converting the resulting free.

With 18 minutes played the North Tyrone side had a second green flag opportunity. Mark O’Neill’s accurate pass found Ronan Parker who was through on goal, but the forward was closed down as he tried to get his shot away, his penalty claims being waved away by referee Cathal Forbes. Once again, Brackaville pounced at the other end, this time to devastating effect.

Cahir Mc Guinness found Gervin whose well struck shot gave keeper Ryan Mc Shane little chance.

Che O’Donnell slalomed through to add to Brackaville’s lead, with Seamus Dooher replying for the North Tyrone side.

Martin Gervin and Ciaran Gervin successfully put placed kicks over the bar late in the half, with Ronan Parker doing likewise for Owen Roes in added on time.

Half Time: Owen Roes 0-3 Brackaville 1-6

As in the first half it was the East Tyrone that hit the scoreboard first up, with Sean McNally in range. At the other end Owen Roes had the first of several goal opportunities with Stephen Harper being denied by O’Neill.

A couple of minutes later Owen Roes had another green flag chance. Ronan Parker’s quickly taken free kick was saved with Mark O’Neill’s follow up being blocked on the line.

At the other end Brackaville were being much more efficient with their chances with Joe Rafferty and McNally splitting the posts twice in a five minute spell. Owen Roes to their credit did keep the contest alive, with Parker from play, and sub Mark Kelly scoring a free kick.

Nonetheless Brackaville continued to show greater accuracy in the scoring zone, with O’Donnell, and Rafferty once more the scorers. With 10 minutes remaining, Brendan Boggs sent over a free, before his side eventually did get the goal that had sought for much of the half.

Kiernan Kelly cut inside and hit the post, but the ball squeezed across to Mark Kelly to bundle over the line. Boggs grabbed his second free with 3 minutes remaining, before the same player was denied by Brackaville number one O’Neill. The keeper using his legs to good affect to deflect Boggs’ drive round the post.

As the game closed out, McNally adding to his tally, before Martin Gervin’s placed kick ended the scoring for the day.

A plethora of wides, a clutch of goal chances and some elements of bad luck were all evident in this Owen Roes performance. However the ability to put scores on the board makes the difference when games are being decided, and it’s Brackaville’s scoring efficiency that takes them into the Championship last eight.


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