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Minor League Wrap Up

Saturday 02.03.2013
Team Talk Mag

The opening round of fixtures in the Minor league took place on Saturday afternoon and there were a number of interesting results right across the board. County champions Ardboe lost out by the minimum margin against Coalisland on a 2-9 to 3-5 score line. The Fianna laid the foundations for their victory in the first half when they gave an outstanding display. Cormac O’Hagan [1-5], Cathaoir Quinn [1-1] and Gerard Woods [0-3] were the Fianna scorers with Sean Corr, Michael McKernan, Kyle Proctor and Paul Herron all playing well for them as well. David Mulgrew [1-2], Michael Lynn [1-1], Caolan Mallaghan [1-0] and Barry Devlin were the Rossas scorers with Paddy Sheehy, Ciaran Canavan, Kevin Coney, Oisin Devlin, Michael O’Neill, Manus Teague, Mulgrew and Lynn all playing well for them.

Moortown defeated Loughshore neighbours Derrylaughan 2-15 to 1-13 with Conan McLernon [1-4], Ronan Conlon [4], Shane McKeown [1-0], Justin Conlon [2] and Conal McVey [2] among their scorers with Christopher McGuigan, Eoin Kelly and James Devlin playing well for them. Strabane and Carrickmore shared the spoils following a 0-10 to 1-7 draw with the Sigersons come from half a dozen down at the break to gain a point. Trillick trailed for the entire match against neighbours Dromore before popping up with a winning point five minutes from time as it finished 0-12 to 1-8 with Conor Smith, Daire Gallagher, Lee Brennan, Peter Gallagher and Stevie O’Donnell all notching a brace each for the St.Macartans.

Rock defeated Naomh Padraig 5-8 to 3-11 away from home. After a slow start were they conceded three goals Rock recovered well to go in only three points behind at the break. A goal from Martin Corrigan put the Rock in front for the first time and they held on to win. Corrigan hit 2-1, Oran Devlin got two goals, Shea Litter hit 1-1 with Padraig Ward [3], Kevin Mallon and Patrick McCreesh all on target. Best for the winners were Ryan Litter, Dylan Reid and Shea Litter.

Eglish beat Naomh Mhuire 3-14 to 2-8 with Enda McElroy scoring 1-2 and Rory Goodfellow, Joe McVeigh and Joe McConnell on target as well on a day when they had good displays from Sean Muldoon, Colm Byrne, Cathal McGready and McElroy. Stewartstown had a good double scores win over Clonoe, 1-11 to 0-7. Macaulay Quinn [3], Dan Lowe, Shea O’Neill [1-2], Callan Burke [2], James Lowe, Tiarnan Rushe and John Lee [1] scored for the Harps on a day when Dylan McElhatton, Darren Devlin, Conor Quinn and John Lee all played well for them.

Newtownstewart travelled to Greencastle and came away with a hard earned 1-11 to 1-10 win. Tiernan McNamee scored half a dozen points for the winners, Aidan McSorley got 1-2, Niall Mayse two points and Patrick Hargan one point. Full forward Aidan Clarke scored 1-2 for Greencastle and along with Dermot McAleer and Peter Fox they were the best players on show for the hosts. Moy beat Brackaville 4-8 to 0-6 with Philip Mallon [2-0], Declan Conroy [5], Francie Kelly [1-0], Rory Magee [1-0], Mark McConville [2] and Niall McConville [1] their scorers. Che O’Donnell top scored for the Roes with four frees with Ruairi McElhatton getting his name on the score sheet as well.

Owen Roes marked their first game in grade one of the Tyrone minor league with a hard fought victory over Kildress in Gortacladdy on Saturday. The game turned out to be a shoot-out between the hosts Colum Loughran and Owen Roes’ Cathal McShane. While the two full forwards ended up tied in the scoring stakes, it was McShane who ended the day happier as his side took the spoils. The visitors were out of the blocks fast, and conjured up a 1-5 to 0-3 lead, with scores from McShane (1-3), Ronan McNulty, and Marty O’Neill for the Leckpatrick side and Loughran with all three of Kildress’ efforts. With 17 minutes gone, Kildress found a way back into the game with a successful penalty conversion, and this kick started a revival that saw that sides level at the short whistle.

If the first half was tight, the second half was probably more so, as both sides traded score for score throughout the half, with Loughran regularly on target, and McShane likewise with some help from Ryan McAleer, and Stephen Harper. With it looking like the game was going to the wire, Owen Roes scrambled a goal that would ultimately make the difference. Marty O’Neill and McShane did well to keep a ball alive that looked to be going wide, and in the ensuing scramble, Ronan McNulty slipped the ball to the net. Kildress pushed hard late on and narrowed the gap, but the visitors were able to break and McShane and Harper found range to take the points back to Glenmornan.

Defending grade one league winners Errigal Ciaran lost 2-14 to 0-15 away to Cappagh. Mark Kavanagh hit a dozen points for the visitors on a day when Padraig McGirr played well in midfield. Cappagh keeper Sean Fox made two great saves to deny Kavanagh and Niall Molloy at crucial stages in the game. Cappagh’s best player on the day was Ryan Bradley with Matty McCloy and Ciaran Carlin getting their goals and Fergal Meenagh, Matty McAleer, Shane Leonard, Stephen Dooher, Nathy Donnelly, Keelan Haughey, McCloy [4] and Bradley all getting points.

Fintona managed to hold off Gael Naomh Padraig after a high scoring encounter. Mark McConnell was the star of the show for the losers with nine points to his name with Odhran McGinn, Conor Shields, Ciaran Trainor, Conor McKenna and Ronan McCaughey [1-1] their other scorers. Gael Naomh Padraig had led 1-8 to 0-4 at the break but the Pearses hit back to win 3-10 to 1-14.

Omagh began their campaign with a 1-11 to 0-8 win over Loughmacrory at Healy Park in a competitive game. Caolan Gillespie [1-1], Joe Colton [3], Diarmuid O’Doherty [2] and Thomas Clarke all scored to give the St.Enda’s a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead. The sides shared eight second half points with Aaron McCutcheon, Colton [2] and Pauric Murphy on target for he home side.



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