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Owen Roes and Gortin have built up quite a rivalry over the years and the passion that both sides brought to their first round LCC Intermediate Championship clash meant that the exchanges would be keen.
By recent standards it was a low scoring affair but Owen Roes could have been out of sight at the break having created at least four excellent goal scoring chances. Ronan Mc Nulty did manage to convert one for an eighth minute goal but Gortin goalkeeper Cathal Mc Cullagh made two superb point blank saves while Cathal Mc Shane sent a first half penalty left and wide.
Playing wind assisted Gortin were on the attack immediately and Peter Keenan opened the scoring his team. However Owen Roes had points from Ronan Mc Nulty, Niall Mc Aleer and Cathal Mc Shane to add to Mc Nulty’s early goal. Gortin’s first half scores came courtesy of Sean Og Mc Aleer, Cathal Mc Cullagh and a Mark by Shane Clarke as the teams reached the break with Owen Roes leading 1-4 to 0-5.
Things remained close and very competitive throughout the second half but it was Owen Roes who were looking the side most likely. Cathal Mc Shane converted two frees before Cathal Mc Cullagh drove over another long range free for the Gortin men.
The game was very much in the balance as Stevie Kelly turned defence into attack and strode forward to make it a four point contest again.
Shane Clarke and Sean Mc Kenna fired over a point apiece to narrow the gap for Gortin but Owen Roes proved difficult to break down and a fine score from substitute Brendan Boggs steadied any potential Glenmornan nerves. Sean Og Mc Aleer hit his team’s last point but the Roes had the scent of victory in their nostrils and they rounded the game off with points from Cathal Mc Shane and Ryan Mc Aleer. Final score 1-11 to 0-10 in favour of Owen Roes.