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LCC Championship Wins for Galbally and Owen Roes

Sunday 15.09.2019
Team Talk Mag

Owen Roes took on Urney at Strabane in the first game of Sunday’s planned trio of LCC Intermediate Championship fixtures and after a tough contest emerged 2-12 to 1-6 winners.

The first half was a dour battle that finished four apiece with Johnny Lafferty getting all four of his team’s scores while Cathal Mc Shane bagged three of the Owen Roes points.

Unfortunately for the Urney marksman he failed to finish the half having become the second player in the game black carded after Lafferty followed Owen Roes defender Gerard Devine to the side line.

With Lafferty gone most of the Urney scoring threat disappeared with him and Owen Roes pulled away with points from Seamus Dooher and Cathal Mc Shane plus a palmed goal from the county man.

A twelfth minute Aidan Lynch penalty offered temporary respite for Urney but in truth they were second best throughout the second half. Michael Dooher hit the net for them with thirteen minutes remaining before points from Seamus Dooher, Brendan Boggs, Cathal Mc Shane and Ronan Mc Nulty eased them into the semi final. Ryan Henry converted a free for Urney but it was a case of too little too late.

Galbally played some fantastic football as they accounted for Aghyaran in their quarter final clash at Killyclogher.

The Pearses were thirteen point winners after a one sided contest in which Aghyaran played second fiddle throughout. A first half goal from Mark Donnelly helped his team reach the break leading 1-9 to a single point. Indeed had they been more ruthless they could have been even further ahead with Aghyaran goal keeper Niall Hilley constantly on his toes. Ronan Nugent, Sean Murphy, Mark Donnelly and Daniel Kerr were all on target with points after an impressive first half display.

Aghyaran improved after the break but the game as a contest was over. Conor Quinn, Liam Rafferty and Shea Hurson were a constant source of bother to their opponents as they snuffed out attacks, turned over possession and created numerous chances for their team mates.

Malachy Martin gave temporary hope to the border men with a goal midway through the second half as Galbally began to ease up. They ran their bench and continued to add scores including a lovely goal from the boot of Ronan Nugent. In fairness to Aghyaran they kept pushing forward and were rewarded with points from Benny Gallen and Paddy Mc Nulty. They then hit the net twice in the space of a minute with Malachy Martin again and sub Sean Dolan on target.

Unfortunately that was as good as it got for their team and Galbally eased away to win 3-19 to 3-6.

Loughmacrory and Pomeroy served up one of the most memorable championship matches to have taken place at Ballinamullen in many’s a long year.

A minute’s silence was held in memory of Killyclogher clubman the late Tommy Nugent. When the game did begin it is fair to say it was one Tommy would have loved to have been involved in.

There was a physical edge to it from early on and referee Martin Sludden issued two black cards in the first half to Loughmacrory players Arnaldos Macidulskas and Niall Donaghy. A flurry of yellow cards was testament to the competitive nature of the game with several challenges keeping referee Martin Sludden busy with his pencil.

Pomeroy were quick out of the blocks and opened up a three point lead with Ollie Mc Creesh, Sean Quinn and Hugh Pat Mc Geary on target. Loughmacrory struggled to settle early on but a goal from the boot of Stevie Donaghy after nine minutes galvanised them and points from Oisin Donaghy, Niall Donaghy and Cathal Donaghy eased the Loch three clear.

Loughmacrory grew in confidence and although Pomeroy reduced the gap with points from Hugh Pat Mc Geary and Ollie Mc Creesh it was the Loch lads who finished the half two clear following a late point from Cathaoir Gallagher.

The second half was six minutes old when Pomeroy suffered the first of three expulsions. Mickey Mills was red carded following a high challenge. Pauric Meenagh converted two long range frees to put five between the teams before Ollie Mc Creesh landed a brace of points for Pomeroy.

The game was there for the taking but Pomeroy suffered a double blow when county men Frank Burns and Hugh Pat Mc Geary both picked up second yellow cards within minutes of each other. Pomeroy were now down to twelve players with less that fourteen minutes remaining.

Kieran Mc Geary, Denver Nugent, Aidan Woods and Brendan Burns drove their team on and in spite of their precarious position they managed to land the scores to save the tie with the equaliser coming twenty seconds from the end of the eight added minutes. Brendan Burns (2) and Ollie Mc Creesh were the men who hit the points that means these teams will have to do it all again.

Final score: Loughmacrory 1-7, Pomeroy 0-10.


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