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Errigal Win While Derrytresk and Kildress Have to Meet Again

Sunday 25.08.2019
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


 

The LCC Junior championship double bill at Father Devlin Park in Donaghmore lived up to all expectations as Errigal Ciaran Thirds accounted for Brackaville while Derrytresk and Kildress will have to meet again to reach the last eight.

In the opening game Errigal raced into an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead thanks to points from Emmett Hackett and Michael Harte and a goal from Fintan Kelly. The Roes though hit back with a palmed major from Fintan Kelly and points from Dale McSorley.  Both sides struck the woodwork in pursuit of goals while points from McSorley and Sean Mellon left it 1-7 to 1-4 at halftime in favour of the winners.

Shea Fee opened the second half scoring for Brackaville with their first point from play but forts from Patrick McDermott  and Hackett edged Errigal four in front going into the final quarter. Brackaville though weren’t finished yet as points from Sean McNally and a McSorley brace reduced the deficit to the minimum. Caolan Tierney and McSorley exchanged points before Fee levelled matters deep into injury time. It looked like going to a replay until McDermott won it with a close in free with the last kick of the game as it finished 1-12 to 1-11.

The second game in the double bill was equally if not more dramatic. The lead changed hands on a couple of occasions early on as Niall Gavin and Paudie Bell swapped points with Matthew McGuigan and Philip Lennon. Gavin and Johnny Campbell had Derrytresk points but McGuigan’s third score of the half meant that the Wolfe Tones greeted the short whistle 0-7 to 0-6 in front.

Kildress increased their advantage on the restart but in the second minute full forward Gavin blasted the ball to the back of the Wolfe Tones net. Within seven minutes though Kildress were five points clear thanks to two goals from Caolan McNamee. Ahead by five points they looked to be well in control but amazingly they failed to score for the rest of the contest as Derrytresk staged a rousing comeback.

A Brian Gavin shot was tipped over the bar by Kildress keeper Gerard Grimes before Niall Gavin landed a forty metre free. Derrytresk had their tails up and their cause was helped further when Kildress wing half back Callum Holland was sent off for a second yellow card offence. The hard working Liam Slater angled over a point before Aidan Gavin left the minimum between the sides four minutes into the allotted seven of injury time. Derrytresk kept pressing and when Niall Gavin was fouled after he had kicked the ball the same player not over the resulting free from thirteen metres out as it finished 1-11 to 2-8.

 

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