Ardboe got off to the perfect start in their loughshore derby with a goal inside fifty seconds from county star Brian Mc Guigan and were 1-2 to no score ahead by the fifth minute following points from Nishy O’Neill and Gavin Wylie. The home side continued to dominate and a Shay Mc Guigan score on fourteen minutes extended their lead to six points.
It took Moortown eighteen minutes to open their account with a point from play by Padraig Hagan. Points from Kyle Coney and Tommy Mc Guigan were split by a fine score from Moortown’s Colly Campbell to leave the halftime score Ardboe 1-5, Moortown 0-2 with the home side looking well set for another two points.
The second half took a long time to get going and it took Ardboe ten minutes to add to their total as they moved 1-6 to 0-2 ahead courtesy of a point from a Tommy Mc Guigan free. Leading by seven points at this stage it seemed the game was to all intents and purposes over but Moortown continued to push forward and with Ardboe reduced to fourteen men following Martin Mc Keown’s second yellow card, they were rewarded with a Mick Hagan point on 23 minutes. Almost immediately after that score Padraig Hagan goaled to leave only three points between the sides.
However that was as good as it got for the St. Malachy’s because try as they might they could not close the gap and Tommy Mc Guigan edged his side four ahead again with a free on 27 minutes. Moortown did close the gap to three with a free of their own but it was a case of too little too late as the Rossas held on to record their first home win of the season 1-7 to 1-4 and claim the local bragging rights for this weekend.
This weekend promises to be a huge one for Errigal Ciaran as they host their latest fund raiser but it is also a busy weekend on the pitch with both their thirds and their senior team involved in important league games. The seniors entertain Omagh St Endas at home and aided by a strong wind they have managed to open up a 1-9 to 0-1 halftime lead with Caolan Tierney notching 1-3 for his team. Two points from Davy Harte and a couple from Ronan Mac Rory contributed to Errigal’s comfortable position at the break
Omagh turned round in the second half to play with the wind but in spite of bossing the third quarter of the game they were unable to fully capitalise on having the elements in their favour. Errigal continued to control the game and although there were signs of improvement from Omagh with scores from Cathal Mc Carron and Conan Grugan a 22nd minute point from Peter Harte re-established Errigal’s supremacy. They added four further points to Omagh’s one in the last seven minutes of the game. Indeed their last point came from the penalty spot as Peter Harte opted for a point after substitute Stefan Tierney had been fouled by St. Endas goalkeeper Karl Winters. That converted place kick left the final score Errigal Ciaran 1-14, Omagh St. Endas 0-6.