Rock St Patrick’s maintained their push for promotion following a fine second half display at home to Augher. It would not be far from the truth to say Rock were very poor in the first half and trailed by four points at the break as Augher led 1-3 to 0-2 with their goal coming from Steven Mc Caffrey and Jamie Donnelly helping himself to a couple of points. However the home side produced some great football in the second half to win convincingly 1-11 to 1-4 and and kept a fourteen men Augher side to one point during that period. This win ensures Rock sit two points off top position just behind table toppers Edendork. Rock’s scorers on the day were Aidan Mc Garrity 1-4,Conor Mc Creesh 0-5, Cathal Mc Williams 0-2, Martin Mc Creesh and Conor Mc Veigh with a point each.
Strabane continue to prop up the table following this latest defeat against North Tyrone rivals Urney in a hotly contested Derby. It was an improved performance from the Sigersons with John Mc laughlin top scoring on 1-1 and Warner Mullen, JP Gallagher and Fergal Mc Gavigan landing two points apiece. However Urney had that extra bit of class and punch up front with Johnny Lafferty in outstanding form leading by example as he top scored for the winners with 1-4 and his team finished up 1-11 to 1-8 winners.
Edendork have the look of a team with serious self belief as they handed out an eleven point beating to Clan na Gael today at home. They laid the foundations for victory in a very good first half display to lead 1-10 to 0-5 at the break with their goal coming from Brian O’Rourke and points from Harry Og Conlon, Darren Mc Curry and Niall Morgan. They continued their fine form in the second half as Niall Morgan took his personal tally to nine points for the day. Joe Ball, Barry Magill and Gareth Mc Dermott landed points for the North Tyrone lads but they were a well beaten side long before the final whistle as Edendork won 2-17 to 0-12.
Killyman defeated Pomeroy 3-9 to 1-13 in rather controversial circumstances following Caolan Morgan’s second goal of the day when he punched a flighted free to the net with time almost up on the clock. This late late goal ensured a two point win for the visitors and two huge points on the league table. The goal was hotly disputed by the home team but it meant that Killyman move off the bottom of the table. The bad news however was that county minor star Enda Mc Gahan received quite a bad injury and will be a serious doubt for the Ulster minor semi final in two weeks time. Other scorers for Killyman were Stephen Mc Aliskey with a goal and points from Kieran Og Hughes, Micky Donnelly, Paul and Fintan Mc Veigh.
Stewartstown had a narrow victory over visitors Loughmacrory winning by two points in the end but the Loch must be wondering just how they managed to lose this one as they missed at least six great chances of goals and found goalkeeper Greg Kelly in great form. Both teams finished with fourteen men in what was a keenly contested game with Gareth Devlin’s goal being the score of the match. Loughmacrory led 0-4 to 0-3 at the break but points from peter Armour, Anton Coyle and Paul Dillon gave the home side a lead they were never to lose.
Top game of the day was the clash between Kildress and Gortin at Gorticladdy with the home side hanging on to win by a single point 1-10 to 1-9. This game marked the return to action of Gortin’s Diarmuid Mc Nulty and the flame haired attacker accounted for all of his side’s 1-2 in the first half. Kildress however kept in touch with points from Matthew Heagney, Sean Treacy and Frank Mc Gurk. The game was nip and tuck throughout and with Kevin Mossey in outstanding form it looked like Gortin might just edge it. However with five minutes left on the clock Frank Mc Gurk shot to the net for the Wolfe Tones to level the game up and points from Fran Loughran and Des Teacy saw Kildress lift both points.
Galbally made it seven out of eight points in their last four matches with a Paul Rafferty inspired win over a disappointing Eskra side at home today. The game finished 0-12 to 0-6 for the Pearses with Micky Murphy, Declan Murphy, Blane Nugent and Paddy Rafferty also getting their names on the scoresheet. Eskra finished the game with fourteen men but looked well below par in spite of the best efforts of Conor Mc Girr and the Marlowes.
Aghyaran and Newtownstewart played out an entertaining 2-7 to 1-10 draw at Aghyaran today in a game which saw the visitors trail by three points late in the game following an Aghyaran goal from the penalty spot. However Newtown refused to accept defeat and late scores from Brendan Boyle and two Dean Arnold frees ensured a deserved share of the spoils for the St. Eugene’s.