Strabane proved too strong for visiting Eskra at Sigerson Park. The home side led by four points at the break thanks to goals from MJ Doherty and Kalvin Diver coupled with points from Liam Harper, Daniel Sweeney and Diver. In the second half Strabane took over with the aid of the breeze at their backs. Vaughan Hegarty got a brace of goals with Diver and Harper also finding the net with points coming from Sweeney, Cahir Deeney, Cathal Tinney and Hegarty amongst others.
Goals proved decisive as Dungannon saw off the challenge of neighbours Donaghmore. Eoin Spence scored a hat trick of goals for the Clarkes with Corin Kelly, Michael Harper and Conn O’Donnell raising green flags as well with good performances coming from Conal Devlin and Donnacha McHugh. Dara O’Neill got the Donaghmore goal with Pauric Donaghy landing a few nice points on a night when the St.Patricks had good displays from Charlie Field, Adam Collins, Paudi McAshea and Donaghy.
Carrickmore came out on top at home to their neighbours Loughmacrory. Carrickmore led 0-4 to 0-2 at the break after both sets of defenders had made a number of crucial interceptions and tackles. Sean Donnelly 2, Vincent Gormley and Finbar Donaghy were the Carrickmore scorers. In the second half Carrickmore opened up a significant lead thanks to goals from Paudie McCallan, Aaron McElhone and Joseph Hughes coupled with points from Gormley. Loughmacrory continued to battle but they missed a penalty while a goal bound shot crashed off the crossbar which resulted in a final scoreline that didn’t accurately reflect the competitive nature of the contest throughout.
Owen Roes had a hard fought win away to Castlederg in a low scoring encounter. Both keepers made good saves in the first half as Owen Roes edged it 1-1 to 1-0 with Fintan Coyle grabbing the goal and the point coming from Jack McFadden. Daire Houston had the opening two points of the second half but then a quick break from Castlederg saw them get a goal to level matters. Owen Roes keeper Josh Kelly made a crucial save late on and in the dying seconds Shea Houston got the winning point as it finished 1-5 to 2-1.
Galbally suffered their first defeat of the campaign when they lost out to a Clonoe side, both sides qualifying for the grade 2 semi finals. The O’Rahillys finished both halves very strongly and ultimately that proved to be the difference between the two teams. Eunan Shields, Ben O’Neill and Eoin Ferguson played well for Clonoe while Galbally had good displays from Marcus McLaughlin, Patrick Jordan and Finbarr Quinn.
Greencastle proved too strong for Dromore with good performances from the St.Dympnas coming from Oisin Colton and Shea O’Donnell. Cappagh made the short trip to play neighbours Omagh and they emerged comfortable winners. Two goals from Charlie Meenan sent the visitors on their way to victory on a night when they had good displays from Charlie Christy, James Kellan and Ronan Broderick.
Eglish and Cookstown shared the spoils in an entertaining contest at Father Connolly Park. Eglish had good performances on the night from Ethan Gildernew, Senan Donnelly and Joe Mackin.