Stewartstown bounced back from last week’s home defeat against Clan na Gael with a hard earned win against local rivals and table toppers Pomeroy. The Plunketts had the perfect start with a Sean Quinn goal early in the first half but a Ryan Devlin penalty goal for the Harps left only a point between the sides at the break with Pomeroy leading 1-5 to 1-4. Peter Armour and Martin Campbell hit five points between them in the second half for Stewartstown and in spite of conceding a late goal courtesy of Christopher Colhoun, the home side held on for a narrow but deserved win with the game finishing Stewartstown 1-12, Pomeroy 2-7.
Rock and Killyman played out an entertaining 1-11 to 0-14 draw in their round six league game. The home side started well and seemed to be in control with points from Aidan Mc Garrity and James Mc Creesh. But Killyman responded well with points from Michael Donnelly and Ciaran Og Hughes. A goal from Aidan Mc Garrity early in the second half put the home side in contro againl but to Killyman’s credit they kept playing and late points from Donnelly and Hughes earned the visitors a deserved draw.
Clan an Gael got their third win in a row with a comfortable 3-10 to 1-8 win over a Gortin side that finished the game with thirteen men. Steven O’Neill and Gareth Mc Dermott netted goals for the Clans in the first half as they built up a 2-6 to 1-2 half time lead. Kevin Mossey blasted a penalty over the bar for the visitors and from then on the home side were in control and O’Neill’s second goal of the night sealed the win for Clan na Gael.
Loughmacrory lost to an impressive Kildress side by four points as the Wolfe Tones continued their run of impressive form of late. The home team had the perfect start with a Gussy Mc Aleer goal in the fourth minute. Kildress were rattled by the concession of the goal but recovered to lead by half time 1-6 to 1-4 following fine scores from Des Tracey and a well finished goal from Damian Kelly. There was very little between the sides in the second half as the home team struggled to break down a resolute Kildress defence. Frank Mc Gurk and Tracey were on target for the Tones as they earned a four point win on a final score of 1-11 to 1-7 with Stevie and Niall Donaghy and Enda Ward getting late points for the losers.
Aghyaran is always a difficult place to get points from as Strabane found to their cost on Friday night. The Sigersons started well but found themselves a point down at the break with fine scores coming from Ronan Mc Namee for Aghyaran and JP Gallagher for Strabane. The visitors were the better side for long periods of the second half and led by a point as the game entered the last few minutes. However the home side raised their game and fought back to win 0-10 to 0-8 with the vital scores coming from Caolan Dolan and Michael Anderson.
Urney enjoyed a double scores victory over neighbours Newtownstewart winning 2-14 to 1-7 in a game where they were always in control. Johnny Lafferty continued his fine scoring run with another goal for the home team while their second major came from Darryl Brolly. The St. Columbas were totally dominant and some fine second half points from Fergal Mc Nulty and Ryan Henry sealed the win for the border men.
Galbally travelled to Augher to take on a side trying to come to terms with their awful performance away to Pomeroy last time out. The home side started quite well and played the better football in the first half but failed to capitalise on the chances they created. The St Macartans were marginally ahead as the game approached the half time whistle when Galbally’s Kieran Tally struck a free from all of forty five metres that eluded everyone and finished in the net to give his side an unlikely and barely deserved half time lead. However it was just the boost the Pearses needed and with Paul Rafferty in fine scoring form they maintained the lead right to the end in spite of the best efforts of Aidan Cassidy and Jamie Donnelly for the home side.