Ardboe had a fairly comfortable win over Omagh today in a game that saw both sides reduced to fourteen men before the end. Omagh played with the wind in the first half but went in level 1-4 to 0-7 at the break. Frank Mc Guigan got the goal for the home side while Nishy O’Neill was among the points for Ardboe. Former county minors Ronan O’Neill and Conan Grugan did their best to keep their side in touch but Omagh struggled to cope with the elements and the support play of the home side. Tommy Mc Guigan, Nishy O’Neill and Mickey Coleman contributed eight second half points between them as Ardboe coasted to a 1-14 to 0-9 victory.
Errigal Ciaran maintained their good start to the season with a fourteen point win over a very disappointing Killyclogher side. Leo Meenan got three first half points for the visitors but even by that stage Errigal were rampant as they ran up a first half score of 2-8 with their goals coming from Davy Harte and Stefan Tierney. Caolan Tierney and Ronan Mac Rory were among the point scorers as Peter Canavan’s side dominated the game.Killyclogher played the whole second half with fourteen players and the home side made them pay as they started the second half in positive form with points from Paul Quinn and Caolan Tierney. Although Simon O’Neill scored a major from the penalty spot Errigal responded with a third goal of their own from the boot of Brian Horisk to end the game as a contest and they went on to win 3-14 to 1-6.
Cookstown produced one of their poorest performances for many years as they fell 0-3 to 1-7 at home to a very well organised Eglish team. In a game that never rose above mediocre Eglish led 1-5 to two points at the break with their goal coming from Gregory Jordan while Peter Mc Cann knocked over four of his side’s first half points. Owen Mulligan and Conor Mullan were on target for the home side with a point each in the first half. The second thirty minutes was even less inspiring as fourteen man Cookstown failed to threaten the visitors goal as a total of only three points in total were scored by both sides in that period.
Derrylaughan produced a stirring performance as they took on Carrickmore at home looking for their first win of the season. First half goals from Liam Gervin and Ciaran Quinn helped them establish a 2-1 to 0-6 half time lead. However the game changed in the first five minutes of the second half with two Conor Gormley points and a Kieran Mc Aleer goal that put Carrickmore in pole position. To their credit Derrylaughan continued to work hard and points from Gervin and Quinn closed the gap to a single point with five minutes remaining. A goal then from Kevin Mc Nally was enough to see Carrickmore home and maintain their good start to the season.
Trillick took on Donaghmore this evening hoping to get their league campaign back on track but came up short in a low scoring game losing out in the end 1-6 to 0-7. The visitors led 1-3 to five points at the short whistle with Mark Falloon accounting for 1-2 of his side’s scores while Richard Donnelly was among the scorers for Trillick. The second half was a low scoring affair and it was only in the third quarter that Donaghmore managed to trouble the scoreboard operator as they knocked over three late points with Niall Mc Kenna among the scorers. Scores from Niall Gormley and Richard Donnelly were not enough to salvage anything from the game for the home side.
Dromore made the long run to Clonoe this evening and came away with the two points winning 1-13 to 0-10. The visitors were always in control and were greatly boosted by an own goal from Clonoe’s Aidan Brady in the first half. Sean Mc Nabb was in good form the the winners whose forward line was missing Eoin Mc Cusker and Sean Mc Donnell. Fabian O’Neill and Hugh Mc Nulty defended stoutly throughout as the St. Dympnas maintained their good start in confident manner.