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Championship Wins For Aghaloo And Killeeshil In Power NI Championship
At half time in Eglish it was all square five points apiece between Aghaloo and Brackaville. Aghaloo opened the scoring within twenty seconds of the start through Martin Mc Carron but Brackaville refused to be rattled and were ahead within five minutes through Joe Rafferty and Sean Corr. Both sides continued to play well and Aghaloo levelled the game by the seventeenth minute and then moved ahead 0-5 to 0-3 following points from Leslie Stephenson and a brace from Sean Douglas. Once again however Brackaville showed considerable skill and tenacity to land the final two points of the half from Cahir Mc Guinness and Ciaran Gervin to leave it all square at the break.
A few early points in the second half saw Aghaloo establish a two point 0-8 to 0-6 lead but they were rocked on their heels when Brackaville’s Sean Mc Nally rattled the net to put his side a point ahead 1-6 to 0-8. However Aghaloo recovered their composure and within two minutes were ahead themselves when Sean Douglas netted to leave the score 1-8 to 1-6 with little more than ten minutes remaining. A Sean Mc Nally 45for the Owen Roes brought it back to a point but Aghaloo finished the stronger with two points from veteran Stevie Donnelly and Martin O’Neill and although Ciaran Gervin scored Brackaville’s eighth point Aghaloo were deserving 1-11 to 1-8 winners. Sean Douglas top scored with 1-3 for the winners but Brackaville will certainly regret the eleven wides they shot over the hour.
Meanwhile up at Greencastle it was very much going to script as a hugely impressive Killeeshil team built up a 1-7 to 0-3 lead by the break against Castlederg. It did not get any better for the Derg in the second half even though they were facing fourteen men following a second yellow card for Packie Mc Mullin of Killeeshil. The sending off made little difference to how the winners performed as Ciaran Bannon helped himself to three goals while John Mc Mullin, Shane Mallon, Gary Reilly, Paul Daly and Ciaran Rafferty were among the points. Castlederg were second best all over the field and could not contain the faster and stronger Killeeshil lads. Their point scorers on a very disappointing night for them were Sean Harper and Damien Leonard while their goal was a converted penalty kick from Ciaran Harper. Final score Killeeshil 3-16, Castlederg 1-3.