I used to know a guy who maintained during the recent era of the building boom in Ireland that the weekend started on a Thursday night and ended for him on a Monday evening. Well if the GAA calendar gets any busier we might need to adopt his approach to arranging “weekend” fixtures. It seems that we are trying to cram more and more into every weekend and this past weekend was another case in point. There was a full programme of league fixtures in all three divisions, ladies and youth football and the semi final of The Lory Meagher Cup as well not to mention a raft of live televised football into the bargain.
We had some interesting results in the All County Leagues that have affected the tables top and bottom. In Division One Dromore and Errigal Ciaran continue to lead the way and are still joint top on eleven points after six games. However once again it was at the lower end of the league where the most interest lay and where the points were most keenly fought for.
The big winners of the weekend had to be Killyclogher who made the short trip across the parish to take on Omagh St. Enda’s at Healy Park. On current form very few people gave the visitors any chance of a win but a resolute display was enough to secure a first win of the season for the St. Mary’s side. Omagh will be disappointed to lose a game they could have won especially considering the amount of chances they created in the second half. However the one plus point for the men in white was the return to action and fitness of Justin Mc Mahon although the county man still looked some way off full fitness.
Cookstown’s struggles continue and a home defeat against Moortown was hardly what the Fr Rocks had been hoping for as they remain rooted to the bottom with no points and almost half the season gone. Chris Lawn and his team now face a huge challenge if they are to retain their senior status and their next game, at home to Omagh is a real must win match for them.