Drumragh made good use of the wind in their Friday night fixture against Glenelly in the first half to open up a nine point lead eight minutes before the break. Tommy Murphy, Shane Cleary and Kevin Mallon all hit early points while Cleary also converted a fifteenth minute penalty after he himself had been fouled. However Glenelly then hit five in a row to drag themselves back into the game before the break with Seamus Harkin, Barry Mc Connell, Cormac Mc Bride and Conal Furey on target. Glenelly trailed 1-9 to 0-8 at the short whistle and looked well placed to make a fist of it after the break. However Drumragh moved up a gear with points from Eamon Mc Cann and Barry Fitzgerald and a superb goal from the boot of Benny Drumm to take the wind out of Glenelly’s sails. The Sarsfields controlled the rest of the game with Cleary hitting his side’s third goal and subs Andy Colgan and Eoin Montgomery also on target. Glenelly missed a late penalty and finished with fourteen men following a straight red card late in the game but they could have few complaints after this resounding win for Drumragh which leaves them with eight points from their first four games.
Urney suffered defeat at the hands of a Matthew Carberry inspired Cookstown as the fleet footed frontman hit ten of his team’s fourteen points. Defensively Cookstown worked hard to hold the high flying Johnny Lafferty to four points and that had a huge effect on the result. Shane Mc Gowan (1-0) and Jamie Mc Aleer (0-2) were also on target for the border men as the teams reached the second water break tied 1-08 to 0-11 but Cookstown outscored Urney three points to one in the closing quarter to seal the win 0-14 to 1-9.
CNG and Drumquin served up an entertaining draw which finished 1-11 each after CNG had led at the break 1.07 to 1.04. Drumquin finished the game strongly scoring the last four points of the game to claim a share of the spoils. Danny Ball (2), Michael O’Neill, Kevin Moran, Michael O’Neill, Gareth McDermott and Shea Browne all bagged points for CNG while Ryan Devine found the net three minutes before the break. Pauric Rodgers got the Wolfe Tones first half goal while Sean Mc Donagh (2) and Barry Gormley got their points. Daire Devine in the CNG goals saved a thirty eighth minute penalty for his side from Sean Mc Donagh and followed that up with another super stop several minutes later. Ryan Tummons, Michael O’Neill and Damien Ball (2) with their team’s second half points. Drumquin’s second half scores came from Matty Mc Dermott (0-4), Oisin Mc Menamin (0-2) and Sean Mc Donagh (0-1). A draw was a fair result on the night for both teams but most especially for the CNG club chairman Adrian Conway who is married to Drumquin secretary Claire O’Kane.
Derrytresk continue to impress with a fine win over neighbours Brackaville. First half goals from Eoin Mc Nally and Paul Greville helped them reach the break leading 2-5 to 0-4. Derrytresk remained in pole position throughout and a second half goal each from Paul Greville and Conor Corr saw them run out convincing winners. Brackaville’s Dale Mc Sorley top scored for the Owen Roes with seven of his team’s points while Sean Day, Stiofan Gervin and Sean Mc Nally were also on target for Brackaville. Derrytresk Scorers: Paul Greville 2-2, Paudie Bell 0-3, Niall Gavin (0-5), Conor Corr (1-1), Eoin Mc Nally (1-0), and Micky Robinson 0-1.
Eskra produced an impressive display that saw them defeat Castlederg convincingly. After a low scoring first half Eskra led 0-4 to 0-3 with Joe Mc Carroll, Johnny Hackett and Peter Hughes on target. The Emmetts were very impressive after the break with an early Johnny Hackett goal helping them seize the initiative. Hackett top scored for his side with 2-2 while Peter Hughes (3), Eoin Mc Caffrey and Aaron Kelly were also on target for the winners. Castlederg will be disappointed to have managed only five points for the second week in a