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LCC Championship Wins For Killyman And Brocagh
The LCC Junior Championship double header at Carrickmore on Sunday served up two contrasting games as Brocagh quite easily saw off the challenge of Drumquin in the first fixture before Killyman got the better of CNG in a highly entertaining second game.
In the opening game of the double header Drumquin opened the scoring in their first attack with a point from Mattie Mc Dermott but from then until the half time whistle Brocagh totally dominated. Barry Donnelly, Michael Robinson, Mickey Hughes and James Mc Kiver caused all sorts of problems for the Drumquin rearguard while defensively Brocagh were resolute and well organised. By half time the Wolfe Tones trailed by ten, 0-12 to 0-02, with their second score coming from the boot of Sean Mc Donagh. Hughes hit 0-5 in the first half for Brocagh while team mate Robinson contributed four first half points.
Drumquin needed to make a quick start to the second half but although they hit 1-2 in the third quarter with their goal coming from Mc Dermott they failed to really trouble Brocagh. The Emmetts got the perfect start to the second half when they hit the net three minutes after the restart. A super pass from James Mc Kiver split the defence and found the in rushing Owen Canavan who finished with aplomb. From then until the end they kept Drumquin at arm’s length and saw out the game to win comfortably 2-14 to 2-6. Both sides hit the net late in the game with James O’Kane goaling for Drumquin and James Mc Kiver hitting the net for Brocagh.
The weather took a turn for the worse for the second game at Carrickmore with persistent heavy rain and strong winds making life difficult for both sets of players. However in spite of that the quality of fare on offer was excellent as both teams really went for it before Killyman took the win on a final score of 1-15 to 0-13.
An early salvo of scores from CNG saw them open up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes with Danny Ball and Shea Browne sharing five points between them. Killyman’s Enda Mc Gahan hit two fine points as he began to make his presence felt. CNG added further points through Gareth Mc Dermott, Shea Browne, Danny and Damian Ball but Ryan Mc Kenna (2) and Micky Donnelly (3) kept Killyman very much in the game and sent the sides off at the break with CNG leading 0-9 to 0-8.
The second half was just as free flowing as the first with Killyman goalkeeper Emmett Meehan making several superb saves as he denied CNG time after time. Points from Mc Dermott and Dan Houston were sandwiched by a score from Enda Mc Gahan for Killyman. Terry Mc Caughey put CNG two clear but Eamon Donnelly and Cathal Mc Gahan pointed to tie the game again.
With twelve minutes remaining Ronan Mc Veigh put Killyman ahead but within two minutes the teams were tied once more as Kevin Moran swung over a point for the north Tyrone men. Extra time looked likely but with time running out Killyman made their move as Enda Mc Gahan grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. After Paul Mc Veigh put Killyman clear Enda Mc Gahan broke from deep and played a superb one two with Cathal Mc Gahan before the corner forward finished to the net. The same player added a further point to ensure that it would be Killyman who would go through to face Urney in the quarter final of the LCC Junior Championship.