There was something of a surprise at Clanabogan this afternoon when Drumragh defeated Aghaloo by two points. The Sarsfields were minus several key players including Gavin Quinn and Shane Cleary but Aghaloo’s scorer in chief Stephen Donnelly was also absent due to injury. The O’Neills however did not appear to be missing their talisman too much as they moved into a 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time with Tommy Murphy (free) and Fiachra Woods on the scoreboard for Drumragh, Brian McKenna and Gerard McCaughey with Aghaloo points.
Aghaloo stretched that lead early in the second half to 0-6 to 0-2 with efforts from Kevin O’Gorman and McKenna but Drumragh came back strongly helped by excellent point with the outside of the boot from substitute Sean McGale, two points from Murphy (one from a free) and another point from play from Paul Maguire. Drumragh went ahead for first time with two points from substitute Liam Quinn and held on for their first win of the year on a final score of 0-8 to 0-7 .Goalkeeper Andrew Maguire, half-back Sean O’Neill and captain Gareth Starrs at midfield had great games for Drumragh
Brackaville made the long run to Castlederg and came away with the points following a four point victory on a score of 1-9 to 0-8. The visitors made the better start and were 0-4 to 0-0 ahead after 12 minutes. The Owen Roes continued to boss the game and reached the break 1-7 to 0-3 ahead. The home side did improve after the restart but Brackaville finished up convincing winners. Martin Gervin weighed in with four points for the winners with Stegan Gervin getting their goal while Mary Corry top scored for the St.Eugenes with 0-5 to his name.
Meanwhile Fintona began their season with a fine win following their 0-11 – 0-7 victory over a gallant Dregish side. Both teams were very evenly matched in first half as they reached the break level at five points apiece. Mark Catterson hit 3 points for Dregish with 1 each coming from Mc Govern and Mc Crossan. Fintona’s scores came from Aaron Mc Carney and Benny Mc Carney (2 each from play) and a pointed free from Mark Donnelly. Catterson got the first score of the 2nd half for Dregish before Fintona’s Mark Donnelly pointed a close in free in reply. From there on Fintona took over and 3 points in 5 minutes from Niall Mellon twice and Cathal Moore gave Fintona a grip on the game as Niall Donnelly and Sean Connolly took control at midfield. Catterson cut the deficit with a Dregish free but Niall Donnelly then put his brother Mark through for a point and Aaron Mc Carney sent through Cathal Moore through for the final score of the game. Fintona’s best on the day were Niall Donnelly, Niall Mellon and Jason Gallen while Martin Bonner was the outstanding player on view for Dregish.
Dungannon proved too strong for Beragh at O’Neill Park with the Clarkes running out comprehensive 1-12 to 0-4 winners. Patrick Quinn got the only goal of the game as well as landing a number of points with Padraig McNulty and Adam Mallon on target as well. Brocagh were also playing their first game of the season nad they too enjoyed a winning start away to Tattyreagh. Conor Taggart and Kevin Gallagher got the goals for the home side with Padraig Bell and Barry Donnelly finding the net for the Emmetts as it finished 2-11 to 2-7 in favour of the Loughshore men.
Glenelly enjoyed a fine five point home win over old rivals Drumquin 1-10 to 0-8 with ace marksman Seamus Harkin landing half a dozen points for his team. The winners’ goal came from the boot of Johnny Mc Cullagh while Paul Mc Laughlin and Ryan Mc Callion were responsible for the majority of Drumquin’s scores.
Newtownstewart made it two wins out of two when they won 0-11 to 0-9 away to Clogher. Ryan Mayse, Niall Mayse and Rory Gallagher were among the points for the St.Eugenes with Darragh Kavanagh, Mark Bogue and Killian Barkey on target for the Eire Ogs.