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Favourites Progress In Championship

Monday 02.09.2019
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


The unusual sight of an LCC Intermediate hampionship double header on the night of the All Ireland Final drew a decent crowd to Healy Park on Sunday night before neighbours and rivals Pomeroy and Galbally eased through to the quarter finals.

The Plunketts faced Newtownstewart in the first game of the evening and after a competitive first half they led by two 1-4 to 0-5.

The key score in that period was a superb finish to the net by Gavin Goodfellow which came in the seventh minute. There were some fine scores from both sides in the opening half with Kieran Mc Geary and Ollie Mc Creesh on target for Pomeroy and Aidan Mc Sorley, Niall Mayse and Brendan Boyle with the scores for Newtownstewart.

Newtownstewart opened the scoring in the second half with a fine point from the boot of Aidan Mc Sorley inside the first thirty seconds but that was as good as it got for St Eugene’s.

Pomeroy took over from then and controlled the rest of the game. Ciaran Mc Kenna found the net after reacting quickest to a brilliant stop by Newtown keeper Conor Traynor before Frank Burns converted a penalty six minutes into the second half.

Pomeroy grew in confidence and the produced some superb football and excellent finishing. Fullback Hugh Pat Mc Geary ventured forward and hit a brace of excellent points. Ciaran Mc Kenna, Lorcan Kilpatrick, Frank Burns and Ollie Mc Creesh all scored before a fine Eoin Bradley score for Newtown interrupted Pomeroy’s run of scores.

Leading 3-10 to 0-7 the Plunketts wrapped it up with a further brace of scores from the impressive Frank Burns as the men in black and amber eased through to the quarter finals where they will meet the winners of the Beragh v Loughmacrory tie.

The second game of the evening provided an opportunity to see a Galbally team that is currently sitting top of Division Two and running up some huge scores as they seek a return to senior football.

The Pearses certainly did not disappoint as they bossed the game right from the start before winning 3-21 to 0-3.

Galbally opened the scoring inside the first minute with a point from a Conor Donaghy free. Strabane cancelled out that score three minutes later when Martin Mongan pointed for the Sigersons.

Even at that stage Galbally were beginning to find their feet and further scores from Donaghy and Seamus Óg Mulgrew made it 0-4 to 0-1 eight minutes in.

The Pearses hit their first goal of the evening shortly after when Cormac Donnelly got on the end of a fine team move to finish the ball to the net. Danny Mc Bride replied with a point for Strabane on fourteen minutes but the light blues had no answer as Galbally poured forward in droves. Daniel Kerr, Donaghy and Liam Rafferty knocked over points to stretch the lead further before county under 20 captain Ruairi Gormley scored Strabane’s third and final point.

Half time score: Galbally 1-10, Strabane 0-3.

Those in the crowd who stayed for the second half saw Galbally at their best as they added a further two goals and eleven points to their tally. Ronan Nugent, Enda Mc Garrity and sub Paul Rafferty got their names on the scoring list as Galbally scored at will.

Daniel Kerr scored a superb individual goal fifteen minutes in to the second half make it 2-14 to 0-3 before Conor Donaghy bagged his team’s third and final goal of the game. The misery was still not complete for Strabane as Galbally continued to pile forward and added a further six points to their total for the night with ace forward Conor Donaghy finishing the game with a very impressive 1-11.

Galbally eased through to the quarter finals where they will meet the winners of Aghyaran and Augher.


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