Rock falter and drop back
Loughmacrory 1-9 Rock 1-8
Rock St Patricks failed to build on their impressive victory last weekend over neighbours Cookstown, as they lost out on their travels to Loughmacrory by a single point.
The dismissal of Chris O’Neill midway through the first half for two yellows certainly didn’t help their cause but credit to Loughmacrory as they fought hard to the end for both points.
The hosts had opened up an early seven point lead, with Enda Ward scoring a goal, shortly after points from himself and Sean Paul Slane.
Ronan and again Enda had points, before the three McCreesh brothers got in on the act with points apiece for Martin and James, and Connor weighing in with two. Enda Ward hit another free to leave four between the sides at the break.
Rock started the second half strongly with again all McCreesh brothers getting on the score sheet, hitting points, to reduce it to a one point game.
Enda and Ronan Ward made it a three point game again before Mark McAleer scored a goal for the visitors to draw the game level. Ronan Ward and Connor McCreesh then exchanged points before Ward went on to hit the final score to give his side all two points on offer.
Loughamacrory scorers - Enda Ward 1-4, Ronan Ward 0-3, Sean Paul Slane 0-2.
Rock scorers - Connor McCreesh 0-4, Mark McAleer 1-0, James McCreesh 0-2, Martin McCreesh 0-2
Pomeroy 4-14 Stewartstown 2-12
The old adage that goals win matches rang through at Plunkett Park on Friday night as hosts Pomeroy got back to winning ways, when they had eight points to spare over Stewartstown Harps.
The Plunketts welcomed back Ciaran McKenna to their team as a second half substitute after a lengthy spell on the treatment table and he turned in a man of the match performance as his side hit four second half goals, two in which he was provider, before scoring the last one.
The visitors got off to the perfect start with big target man James Kelly finishing to the back of the net twice in the opening seven minutes but, by the halfway stage, the Plunketts had reduced the deficit to the minimum with three points from Frank Burns, a brace from Justy McCaffery and Ollie McCreesh and a point for corner back Adian Cunningham.
Paul Dillon and James Kelly hit the Harps three points between them.
Within thirty seconds of the restart, Ollie McCreesh had found the net, to give the home side the lead for the first time and from there on they played their best football to date.
Peter Armour and James Kelly had points before Frank Burns hit his sides second major to open up a five point lead. Brendan Cunningham, Ciaran McKenna and McGeary all had points, before Steven McKenna hit for Pomeroy’s third goal.
Dan Lowe, Armour and Dillon responded for the Harps but to no avail as Ciaran McKenna rounded of his comeback with a well-taken goal, before substitute Sean Nugent completed the scoring to ensure two points for Pomeroy.
Pomeroy scorers - Ollie McCreesh 1-5, Frank Burns 1-3, Steven McKenna 1-1, Ciaran McKenna 1-0, Justy McCaffery 0-1 Brendan Cunningham 0-1, Sean Nugent 0-1, Kieran McGeary 0-1, Adian Cunningham 0-1.
Stewartstown scorers - James Kelly 2-2, Paul Dillon 0-5, Peter Armour 0-3, Dan Lowe 0-2
Strabane 2-11 Gortin 0-4
Strabane Sigersons recorded a comfortable victory at home to Gortin on Sunday afternoon to keep the pressure on the division pacesetters.
Warner Mullan was in fine form for his side as he hit four first half points to establish a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage. Paddy Roarty and John McLaughlin with their other points. Gortin’s sole contributor in the first half was a Kevin McCullagh effort in the 22nd minute.
Gavin Trainer and Kevin Mossey had early points for the visitors in the second half, before John McLaughlin responded with a brace.
The decisive moment arrived on the 45th minute, when big midfielder Danny McBride drove forward to score a goal and open up an eight point lead. Kevin McCullagh then hit Gortin’s last score of the contest, before Gerard McCrossan hit for the Hosts second major.
Strabane closed out their impressive victory with points from Aaron McLaughlin, Liam McGillion and Paddy Roarty.
Strabane scorers - Warner Mullan 0-4, John McGlaughlin 0-3, Danny McBride 1-0, Gérard McCrossan 1-0, Paddy Roarty 0-2, Aaron McGlaughlin 0-1, Liam McGillion 0-1.
Gortin scorers - Kevin McCullagh 0-2, Kevin Mossey 0-1, Gavin Trainer 0-1
Aghyaran 1-12 Urney 0-10
For the second week in a row, Urney fell to defeat in a local derby game.
Points from Fergal McNulty, Adian Lynch and Stephen Lafferty helped them to a 0-7 to 0-4 halftime advantage.
Aghyaran kept their best to the second half, with points from Adian Connolly, Sean Burren, Caolan Dolan and Shane Sweeney making the game level.
The game’s turning point arrived when Urney’s Aidan Lynch hit the post with a penalty before Sean Burren sealed all two points for the home side when he popped up with a fine goal in injury time.
Eskra 2-15 Clann na Gael 1-9
Eskra played host to Clann na Gael in Sunday’s only fixture that went ahead at the normal time and they recorded a comprehensive nine point victory.
Ryan Gartland was Eskra’s stand out player on the day as he weighed in with 1-5, with all but one coming from play.
The equally impressive Joe McCarroll who finished with 1-4, started the scoring in the opening minutes before Ryan Gartland opened his account.
In the eighth minute McCaroll broke through to hit his side first major with Gartland, Rory Marlow and again McCaroll tagging on points to leave them in control at the break by four points.
Cathal McCaffery hit the opening score of the second half after twenty seconds, with Gartland then hitting a brace of points, before Shane Hackett, Paul Meghan and Gartland scoring before the visitors opened their second half account on fourteen minutes.
Gartland made sure all two points would be secured by the hosts when he hit the net in the 18th minute, with Cormac Atkinson and Rory Marlow adding points in between a consolation goal for the Clanns.
Eskra scorers - Ryan Gartland 1-5, Joe McCaroll 1-4, Rory Marlow 0-3, Paul Meghan 0-1, Cormac Atkinson 0-1, Shane Hackett 0-1
Derrytresk v Killeeshil
Derrytresk play host to Killeeshil St.Marys on Tuesday night, in what is a repeat of the 2011 Junior championship final.
Derrytresk of course won that day and will aim to do the same here to build on their three points already secured this year.
Killeeshil still go in search of their first points and after coming close last week against Eskra, they will feel this is the game to get them up and running.
Joe McKee and Cathal O’Neill will be major players for the hosts and the visitors will be hopeful they can get more men on their scoresheet to ease the burden on Shane Mallon and Gary Reilly.
The retirement of Brian McKenna from the Killeeshil defence may have been a major factor in some of their results but, at the sixth time of asking, they are given the nod to get their season up and running.
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