Owen Roes’ minor side went to the top of the table after an eleven point win over a game Loughmacrory side. However despite the seemingly convincing win on the scoreboard, this was a below par Owen Roes performance, and the visitors will wonder how they didn’t take something home from Pairc an Ghleanna.
Loughmacrory did most of the early running in the game, but failed to trouble the scorers too much as the opening quarter went point for point. Ryan McAleer, Cathal McShane and Ronan McNulty on the mark for Owen Roes as the first fifteen minutes ended 0-3 apiece.
However Owen Roes could’ve had a green flag shortly after as McShane’s drive rattled the post. Loughmacrory went straight up field and two unanswered efforts gave them the lead. McShane’s effort from play hit back, but another St.Teresa’s score cancelled that out.
McShane was on the money again from a placed kick on 24 minutes, before a sumptuous Michael Dooher effort tied the game up.
With half time approaching, a very profitable last four minutes for the hosts saw the winning and the losing of the game. Marty O’Neill and Michael Dooher combined to allow McShane to blast home. Loughmacrory replied with a point, but the O’Neills struck two more goals in the closing embers of the half.
Michael Dooher was again involved as his high fielding resulted in McNulty bagging a goal, and deep in injury time it was three. Ryan McAleer superbly slalomed through the tackles on a magnificent run before teeing up McNulty for his second goal.
Half Time: Owen Roes 3-6 Loughmacrory 0-7
The visitors emerged with more purpose in the second period, but only had two points to show for their efforts before Owen Roes grabbed another goal. Charles O’Doherty was switched on to intercept the visitors’ kick out, and allowed McShane to grab his second of the game.
Hard work by Marty O’Neill gave McNulty the chance to add another point, before the same man chalked up his hat trick, as his nicely placed shot nestled in the corner of the Loughmacrory net.
The home side’s last score came via a McShane free, as Loughmacrory kept battling to the end. They got their reward with 3 minutes left as they were awarded a penalty, which was converted past Jack McGeehan whose clean sheet would’ve been reward for a tidy evening’s glove work.
Indeed McGeehan’s goal was almost breeched again, but the stopper made an excellent save in injury time to end the game.
This was by far and away the poorest showing that Owen Roes have put in over the season to date albeit on a night not conducive to good football as that late first half blitz proved crucial. Nonetheless the two points remain in Glenmornan, and winning games when below par is a positive to take away.
Final Score: Owen Roes 5-8, Loughmacrory 1-9.
Jack McGeehan, Conor Donaghey, Sean Dooher, Oliver Gallagher, Michael Dooher (0-1), Stephen Harper, Aaron Boggs, Charles O’Doherty, Ryan McAleer (0-1), Marty O’Neill, Kevin Cairns, Jack Boggs, Cathal McShane (2-4), Conall McCormick, Ronan McNulty (3-2). Subs: Philip Haughey for O’Neill (47 mins), Conor Devine for Cairns (51 mins), Cathal Kelly for Aaron Boggs (51 mins), Barry McDaid for McShane (54 mins).