Half time in Cookstown and county champions Coalisland look to be well on their way to two points. County man Paddy McNeice was on the scoresheet twice inside the first six minutes. Gerard Toner has also been in fine form. He has scored two points from wide out on the left. Cookstown have been restricted to two shots on goal but they profited from both attempts. Shea McGarrity pointed in the 8th minute before Danny McElhatton slotted home a penalty in the 19th minute following a push on Owen Mulligan.
Half Time Score Cookstown 1-1 Coalisland 0-9
Owen Mulligan slotted over seven second half points for Cookstown but it wasn’t enough to pull the Fr Rocks men back into contention. Two goals from Eoghan Carberry saw Coalisland safely over the finish line.
Final Score Cookstown 1-10 Coalisland 2-14
Elsewhere in Division One there were wins for Eglish over Killyclogher, Carrickmore against Trillick, Moy at home to Greencastle, Dromore over Derrylaughan and Clonoe over Donaghmore. Full reports will follow on all these games and the action in the other two divisions.
Carrickmore’s convincing win over Trillick was based on a very solid first half wind assisted performance which saw them lead 1-9 to a point at the break with Mark Donnelly getting his side’s goal and Kevin Mc Nally, Barry Daly and Caolan Daly among the points while a Richard Donnelly free was all the Reds had to show for their endeavours. Niall Gormley got four points for his side and a late Eunan Mc Anespie penalty for Trillick made the scoreline slightly more flattering but they were a well beaten side long before the final whistle losing out in the end 2-13 to 1-7.
Moy got their first points of the season when they had six to spare over Greencastle today. They played with the wind in the first half and led 1-5 to 5 at the break with their goal coming from Ryan Mellon. Martin Conway and Peter Teague were among the points for the visitors. John Mc Cullagh scored Greencastle’s sixth point early in the second half but in spite of playing with the breeze this was to be Greencastle’s last score of the game. Sean Cavanagh knocked over three second half points for Moy and although they finished with fourteen men they were deserving winners on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-6.
Eglish moved to four points on the table with a convincing win over a disappointing Killyclogher side who now find themselves close to the bottom of the table. Eglish played with the wind and two first half goals from Conal Mc Nulty and Peter Mc Cann allowed them to establish a commanding 2-6 to four points lead at the break. Killyclogher were unable to reduce the gap significantly and although Tiernan Mc Cann got a few scores for the visitors they failed to trouble the Eglish defence significantly. Leo Meenan scored a late goal for Killyclogher but in spite of Eglish being down to fourteen men the St Patrick’s held on to win comfortably 2-7 to 1-6.
Clonoe continued their run of good form with a 0-13 to 1-4 victory over Donaghmore. The Rahilly’s scored the first eight points of the game with Conor Mc Aliskey getting four of them. Donaghmore’s only score of the first thirty minutes was a Shane Mulgrew point. The same player traded points with Clonoe’s Stephen Mc Nulty in the second half but Donaghmore failed to make any significant impact on the scoreboard. A late Matthew Mc Gahan goal left the final score Clonoe 0-13, Donaghmore 1-4.
Dromore entertained and comprehensively beat Derrylaughan today 0-15 to 0-5 in a game that saw Eoin Mc Cusker and Sean O’Neill pop over several points each for their team. Derrylaughan were forced to field without the injured Ciaran Gervin and they certainly missed his drive and determination. For Dromore it was a very good all round team performance with Conor O’Neill, Sean Mc Nabb, Sean Mc Donnell and Niall Sludden among their scorers. The biggest cheer of the day came when Shane Mc Mahon made his first appearance of the season and that was another huge bonus for the winners.