Strabane gave their hopes of avoiding relegation no harm at all with a fine first half performance away to Eskra where they reached the break leading 0-6 to 1-2 with Warner Mullan getting three of the Sigerson’s points while Brendan Mc Laughlin, JP Gallagher and Micky Logue were responsible for the other three Strabane points. Eskra struggled to get into the game during that time but Shane Hackett’s goal gave them some hope for the second half. What a contrast the second half proved to be as the Sigersons managed to score only a point in the whole thirty minutes through Mickey Logue while Eskra really found their shooting boots landing nine points to win 1-11 to 0-7 with Paul Turbett and Joe Marlowe on target for the winners.
Augher travelled to Newtownstewart and came away with two very valuable points following a 2-13 to 0-11 win after a commanding second half showing. The teams were level six points each at the break with Kevin Gallagher, Ryan Mayse and Brendan Boyle on target for the home side while Jamie Donnelly and Conor Hackett getting points for Augher. The visitors improved significantly after the break and second half sub Sean Hackett hit something of a purple patch landing 1-2 in the space of three minutes while Conor Hackett also landed a three pointer for his side. Newtown battled gamely with Kevin Gallagher and Ryan Mayse among their second half scorers but Augher were comfortable winners in the end.
Clan na Gael enjoyed a 2-14 to 3-8 victory over North Tyrone rivals Aghyaran at home. There was only a point between the sides at the break with Clan 1-6 to 1-5 ahead with the goals coming from Brendan Conway for Clan na Gael and Michael Anderson for Aghyaran. Gareth Mc Dermott hit four second half points for his team and a Dominic Devine goal put the home side in a virtually unassailable position. Aghyaran did manage two late goals through Anderson again and Anthony Devine but it was a case of too little too late as Paddy Ball’s side ended up convincing winners.
Loughmacrory lost out to form team Rock at home tonight as their recent run of poor form continues. The home side trailed 1-5 to 0-3 at the break with Rock’s goal coming from former county man Ciaran Gourley while Conor Mc Creesh scored several frees for his team. Loughmacrory were heavily dependent on Enda Ward for scores and he landed all three points for the loch from dead balls in the opening thirty minutes. County minor Niall Donaghy found the net for Loughmacrory in the second half but Rock were always in control and won by five on a final score of Loughmacrory 1-7, Rock 1-12.
Edendork defeated parish rivals Killyman 1-16 to 0-9 with former county attacker Brian McGuckin among the points on his return to his home club since transferring back from Ballinderry. Darren McCurry got the only goal of the game with Michael Donnelly leading the way in the scoring stakes for the St.Marys. Kildress edged their local derby at home to Pomeroy 0-11 to 1-7 in a game that saw the Plunketts finish with thirteen men. Des Treacy and Frank McGurk had a number of points for the Wolfe Tones with Mark McKenna and Justin McCaffery scoring points for the visitors and Ronan McKenna getting the only goal of the game.