The double round of fixtures this weekend in the ACL Division 3 resulted in two huge wins at the top by Cookstown Fr Rocks to move four points clear at the top of the table. On Friday night they narrowly defeated their nearest rivals Fintona and backed that up with a hard fought win over an aspiring Aghaloo side on Sunday afternoon. That win gives them the clear lead at the top and affords them the luxury of dropping a few points but still maintaining their position at the summit.
Aghaloo led 0-4 to 0-3 at the break but only added two further points during a disappointing second half. Niall Mc Elroy top scored for them with 0-4 while Patryk Kinder and Stewart Douglas were also on the scoreboard. Matthew Carberry, Michael Mc Elhatton and Callan Kelly each bagged a brace of points for the Fr Rocks but it was a second half goal from John Gilmore that ultimately sealed the win for Cookstown. They are now four points clear of nearest rivals Fintona on twenty six points from thirteen games.
Drumragh and Glenelly produced a low scoring 0-6 apiece draw on Sunday at Clanabogan. Kevin Marron and Gareth Haughey both bagged a brace of points for Drumragh while Kian Murphy and Malachy Mc Manus were also on target for the home side. Cormac Mc Bride and Conor Mc Aneney scored two apiece for Glenelly with Garrett O’Neill and Lorcan Mc Cullagh completing the scoring.
It was bragging rights for Derrytresk on Sunday as they comprehensively defeated neighbours Brocagh 2-9 to 1-6 at the home of the Emmetts. Niall Gavin put on a masterclass of scoring hitting all but five of his team’s scores. Derrytresk laid the foundations for this win with a good first half display that saw them reach the break four clear 1-7 to 1-3. Gavin hit 1-5 in the opening half and followed that up with a goal early in the second half. Liam Slater, Caolan O’Donnell, Conor Fitzgerald and Odhran Hughes completed the scoring for the Hill Men. On a disappointing day for Brocagh Mickey Hughes led the line in scoring with 0-5 while James Mc Kiver (1-0) and Dean Canavan were also on target.
The north Tyrone derby saw Urney defeat neighbours Castlederg by 1-13 to 1-11 with former county star Johnny Lafferty once again showing his importance to the Urney cause. Five first half points from Lafferty helped his side reach the break leading 0-10 to 0-7 with Sean Hughes, Keith Nelis and Matthew Sproule also on target. A second half goal from Hughes and three further Lafferty points were enough to seal the win against a Derg side that is continuing to work hard for their manager without getting the results their play deserves. Daire Corry hit 0-7 for the men in red and black while scores from Cian Harper (1-0), Darren Traynor (0-3) and Oran Logue completed the scoring.
Drumquin made the short run to CNG and after a hard fought game ran out 1-20 to 1-14 winners. Unfortunately most of the discussion post match concerned a knee injury suffered by CNG ace Damien Ball. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. Once more Oisin Gormley brought his shooting boots with him for Drumquin as he top scored with 0-10. Sean Mc Donagh (1-4), Finnen Patterson (0-5) and a Barry Gormley point completed the scoring for the Wolfe Tones. Ryan Tummon got the CNG goal while Shea Browne (4), Gareth Mc Dermott (3), Robbie Conway (2) and a point apiece from Ciaran Kerlin, Joe Ball, Danny Ball, Johnny Knox and Brendan Conway compiled the CNG scores.