Clogher in their third outing of the season travelled to North Tyrone to face Owen Roes at Glenmornan, The Éire Og’s were hoping to bounce back from their previous week’s home defeat against Newtownstewart. In the opening quarter it was all one way traffic with the visitors dominating matters around mid field thus providing a plentiful supply of quality ball into the forward line. Darragh Kavanagh opened the scoring with a point from a close in free in the 3rd minute before Ciaran Shields and Kavanagh exchanged points.
The same two players added 3 more minors 2 from Shields and one from county minor Kavanagh. Owen Roes opened their account with a 13 metre free in the 14th minute courtesy of Tiernan Kelly.A fantastic point following a surging run by Martin Shortt opened up a 0-7 to 0-1 lead for Clogher as the game approached half time. With time almost up Tiernan Kelly was once again on target with 2 points one from open play and the other from a close in free. This concluded the scoring of the 1st half leaving Clogher well in command 0-7 to 0-3.
The opening attack of the 2nd period saw Owen Roes reduce the deficit with a point from play and this was followed by a similar score in the 6th minute to leave only 2 points between the sides. Clogher’s opening score of the second period came from the inform Ciaran Shields curling over a splendid point from a tight angle. Then in the tenth minute Owen Roes were awarded a penalty which was superbly saved by keeper Paul Mc Caughey diving low to his right. Unfortunately for Clogher the referee ordered the kick to be retaken. This time around the ball was driven to the corner of the net and the scores were level.
Clogher raised their game after this setback and two more well taken points from play by Barry “Duck” Mc Kenna and Mark Bogue gave the Éire Óg’s a 2 point advantage. Further points from Mc Kenna and Darragh Kavanagh put Clogher in a very strong position as the game entered the final quarter Owen Roes final score of the game came with just over ten minutes to go but this was soon cancelled out with two brilliant Ciaran Shields points. In the final minute of injury time the game was put beyond doubt with a well taken point from an over lapping half back Barry “Bazza” Mc Kenna. Final score Owen roes 1-7, Clogher 0-15.
A real ding-dong battle between Fintona and Brockagh today resulted in a narrow but well earned win for the Pearses. There was a novel start to the game with the first 3 scores came from 45’s, 2 for Fintona from the boot of Niall Donnelly and 1 from Ciaran Donnelly for Brockagh. Fintona then bagged a goal through Benny Mc Carney but Brockagh replied with 4 points, 2 each, from the Donnelly brothers, Ciaran and Barry. Micky Hughes and Niall Donnelly then exchanged points before Mark Donnelly put Fintona ahead again. A great run out of defence by Jason Donnelly was the instigation for a move which put Niall Mellon in on goal but the Brockagh goalie did well to push it over the bar to leave Fintona two points up at half-time.
The second half began with Ciaran Donnelly and Aaron Mc Carney pointing frees at either end. Brockagh then took the lead with a contentious goal where a Fintona player fielded the ball under the crossbar and appeared to be pushed over the line. Niall Donnelly pointed a free to tie the scores before Aaron Mc Carney pointed another free to put Fintona in front again. Barry Donnelly then scored from play to equalise again and this was followed by a point from his brother Ciaran to put Brockagh ahead again. Fintona continued to press however and after another point from Aaron Mc Carney drew them level only for Mickey Hughes to score from a placed ball to put Brockagh ahead again. Then came the clinching goal from Mark Donnelly for Fintona after great work by Niall Mellon. Brockagh went straight up the field and had a goal chance themselves but Gerard Mc Williams in the Fintona goal made a great save. As the play swung from end to end it was the turn of the Brockagh keeper to deny Aaron Mc Carney when he was through one on one. Barry Donnelly got one back for Brockagh but in a crucial moment Sean Connolly of Fintona stole the ball off Ciaran Donnelly and his long ball upfield to Niall Mellon resulted in a fine point. A few minutes later Mellon was through again but was fouled which resulted in a dismissal for the Brockagh men. Aaron Mc Carney pointed the free and the game finished Fintona 2-11, Brockagh 1-11.
Brackaville enjoyed a huge win over a very disappointing Drumragh side this afternoon after a first half penalty gave them a platform to push on from. The Owen Roes led 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and Drumragh struggled from there on. The Sarsfields day went from bad to worse when they were reduced to fourteen men midway through the second half and Brackaville eased to a 2-19 to 1-4 win.Darren Hughes scored from the penalty spot for the winners with their second goal coming from the boot of Martin Girvan. Among the points for Brackaville were Sean Corr, Joe Rafferty, Cahir Mc Guinness and young Che O’Donnell. Tommy Murphy scored the Sarsfields’ goal.
Newtownstewart maintained their good start to the season with a come from behind victory over Aghaloo in a high scoring and exciting game. The table toppers trailed 0-7 to 0-6 at the break but produced a fine second half to win 0-15 to 0-11 and now sit with maximum points out of their three games. For Aghaloo the absence of top scorer Stevie Donnelly continues to reduce their scoring options and as a result their chances of victory. Most of the scoring threat for Newtownstewart emanated from Rory Gallagher, Ryan Mayse and Niall Mayse while Gerard Mc Caughey with 0-7 top scored for Aghaloo.
Tattyreagh remain without a win after three games following their 1-8 to 3-7 defeat at the hands of a resurgent Dregish side. It is often said that goals win matches and that was the case in this game as Mc Crossan brothers Fergus and Peter found the net for the winners with their third goal coming from Aidan O’Kane. On a disappointing night for the Tatts the only bright spot was the goal from Ciaran Harkin.
Dungannon made the long run to Plumbridge and came away with the two points following a hard fought win over the hosts. The Clarkes started brightly and an early goal from Conor Mc Nulty put them on the road to the two points. Adam Mallon and Matthew Walsh were among the points for Dungannon while Seamus Harkin and Cathal Nicholas did most of the scoring for the home side.
James Winters hit two goals and Ryan Mc Callion got a third for Drumquin but they were not enough to save the Wolfe Tones from defeat against a Killyman side which appears to have turned their season around. The recently relegated East Tyrone side outscored Drumquin 1-16 to 3-5 to make it two wins out of three. Enda McGahan top scored for the St.Marys with 1-5 to his name while Michael Donnelly notched five points.
Beragh picked up their first points of the season when they defaeted Castlederg 1-12 to 1-6 at home. Martin Rodgers top scored for the Red Knights with seven points while Niall Owens got their goal, Mark Corry hit 1-3 for the St.Eugenes.