County man stars for Killeeshil

Kevin Hughes is tracked by Bernard Cassidy
Kevin Hughes is tracked by Bernard Cassidy

Tattyreagh 0-4 Killeeshil 2-10

Killeeshil maintained their 100% junior league success rate with another comfortable outing, at Darcy Park on Saturday afternoon.

A Darren Mullan free may have given Tattyreagh an ideal start, but Killeeshil responded in style with Tyrone star Kevin Hughes, right, rippling the net on eight minutes for a lead the visitors never relinquished.

Given the weather, it was no real surprise that a lowscoring half unfolded with Conor Taggart supplying two points either side of a Packie McMullan double, as the St Mary’s held sway 1-2 to 0-3 at halftime.

Killeeshil settled the issue three minutes into the third quarter courtesy of a second Hughes goal and, with McMullan, Rory McCann and Brian McKenna augmenting the visiting tally, Killeeshil reaffirmed their title credentials.

Tattyreagh only managed one point from play, but by the time Ciaran Harkin registered it on 55 minutes Killeeshil were home and hosed. McCann and McMullan sealing a fifth successive league triumph in convincing fashion, as they remain tied with Derrytresk in the quest for top perch.

Tattyreagh scorers - Conor Taggart 0-2, Darren Mullan 0-1, Ciaran Harkin 0-1

Killeeshil scorers - Kevin Hughes 2-2, Packie McMullan 0-5, Rory McCann 0-2, Brian McKenna 0-1

Derrytresk 2-13 Carrickmore Thirds 0-4

Amazingly Derrytresk are only a point away from matching their entire haul from last season - after making it five wins in a row with a routine victory at home to Carrickmore Thirds on Saturday.

The game was effectively over as a contest inside the opening quarter as the hosts had already found the net through Niall Gavin and Mickey Rea, both goals coming in a sixty seconds burst.

Gavin also weighed in with five first half points as Derrytresk held their opponents scoreless to lead 2-9 to 0-0 at the break.

Peter Tierney finally opened Carrickmore Thirds’ account three minutes into the second half and the visitors went on to match the scoring exploits of the hosts in the second period; but, by that stage, the issue was already way beyond doubt.

The on-song Gavin took his personal haul to 1-7 before veteran defender Gavin McElroy had the final say of the day for the visitors.

Derrytresk scorers - Niall Gavin 1-7, Mickey Rea 1-1, Pat Campbell 0-2, Liam Slater 0-1, Joe McKee 0-1, Cathal O’Neill 0-1

Carrickmore Thirds scorers – Peter Tierney 0-2, Declan McNally 0-1, Gavin McElroy 0-1

Dungannon 1-8 Drumquin 0-8

Dungannon produced an impressive second half recovery to get back to winning ways against Drumquin, at O’Neill Park.

In a weather-dominated game, the Wolfe Tones enjoyed the best of the opening half exchanges as Eamon Teague supplied a quintet of points to complement one from the boot of Ryan McCallion and they held the balance of power 6-2 at the short whistle - Dungannon having points from John Loughran and Patrick Quinn.

Loughran pounced for an early third quarter goal to trim the margin back to a point, only to see Teague converting successive frees.

That was their lot, alas, as a youthful Clarkes side rallied, thanks in no small measure to the promptings of Chris Foley, Quinn and Loughran, and they held Drumquin scoreless.

Quinn registered three points in a six-score sequence that also saw Declan Treanor, Adam Mallon and Chris McKenna finding the target for another eye-catching win that keeps Dungannon in the leading pack.

Dungannon scorers - Patrick Quinn 0-4, John Loughran 1-1, Declan Treanor 0-1, Chris McKenna 0-1. Adam Mallon 0-1

Drumquin scorers - Eamon Teague 0-7, Ryan McCallion 0-1

Beragh 0-10 Brackaville 1-8

Brackaville had to pull out all the stops away to Beragh to get their third win of the campaign to keep them in early season contention and leave the Red Knights still searching for their first victory.

The home side established an early advantage thanks to few scores from Eddie Molloy before Gary Ferguson struck for the only goal of the game in the 17th minute.

Beragh still managed to lead by the minimum margin at the short whistle with Christopher Devlin and Niall Meenan supplying points.

Molloy increased their advantage on the resumption but then came the crucial period of the game when the Roes scored four points on the bounce from Ciaran Currie 2, Ferguson and Paul O’Neill to take a slender lead.

Molloy took his personal haul for the afternoon to half a dozen but despite being under pressure a relieved Brackaville greeted the final whistle with their noses just in front.

Beragh scorers – Eddie Molloy 0-6, Niall Meenan 0-2, Christopher Devlin 0-1, Damian Meenan 0-1

Brackaville scorers – Gary Ferguson 1-2, Paul O’Neill 0-2, Ciaran Currie 0-2, Darren Hughes 0-1, Paddy Early 0-1

Drumragh 0-7 Brocagh 0-10

After ending Dungannon’s unbeaten run a week earlier Drumragh were hoping to do the same against Brocagh on home soil but the Emmetts managed to edged a close encounter to remain just a point behind the joint leaders.

Scores proved difficult to come by throughout and, at the end of a forgettable opening half-hour, the visitors were 0-4 to 0-2 in front, with Michael Hughes getting a couple of points and Ciaran Donnelly and Colm McFall also on target.

In the second half Paul Maguire, Martin Taggart and Shane Cleary had scores for the Sarsfields but while they managed to reduce the deficit to the minimum they could never get on level terms.

Brocagh showed their battling qualities to chisel out a hard-earned win with Niall McCloskey, Donnelly and Justin Campbell featuring among their second half scores as they made it nine points from a possible ten.

Drumragh scorers – Paul Maguire 0-2, Martin Taggart 0-2, Shane Cleary 0-1, Peter Bradley 0-1, Ciaran Hutchinson 0-1

Brocagh scorers – Michael Hughes 0-4, Ciaran Donnelly 0-2, Colm McFall 0-2, Niall McCloskey 0-1, Justin Campbell 0-1

Fintona 0-12 Aghaloo 3-4

Fintona may have scored more times than Aghaloo at St Lawrence’s Park on Sunday, but the visitors’ ability to find the net maintained their place among the early pacesetters.

Aghaloo breached the Pearses defence three times, while in contrast Fintona wasted two glorious goalscoring chances in either half that cost them dearly. John O’Neill and Gerard McCaughey helped Aghaloo into an early before Aaron McCarney saw a penalty rebounding off the post after a foul on Niall Mellon.

Sean Connolly, Bernard Cassidy and McCarney did raise white flags, but two Brian McKenna goals allowed Aghaloo to take a 2-3 to 0-6 lead into the break even though, they had lost Raymond Treanor to a straight red card offence in the closing stages.

Fintona utilised the extra man to perfection, as Aidan Quinn and Niall Donnelly were among four different marksmen as they edged into the lead.

Aghaloo goalkeeper Chris Dynes levelled the contest with a thumping 45 before a Mellon point gave Fintona a 0-11 to 2-4 advantage entering the final ten minutes.

They were, however, unable to sustain their challenge with Kevin O’Gorman pouncing for a decisive goal to deny Fintona in a game from which they deserved to take something.

Fintona scorers - Aaron McCarney 0-4, Sean Connolly 0-2, Niall Mellon 0-2, Sean Henry 0-1, Aidan Quinn 0-1, Niall Donnelly 0-1, Bernard Cassidy 0-1

Aghaloo scorers - Brian McKenna 2-0, Kevin O’Gorman 1-0, John O’Neill 0-1, Gerard McCaughey 0-1, Chris Dynes 0-1, Damian McCaughey 0-1

Glenelly 0-11 Clogher 1-7

Glenelly picked up a useful set of junior league points over the weekend courtesy of a narrow one point success over Clogher, at Plumbridge.

In an error-strewn game the St Josephs planted the seeds of victory during a positive third quarter showing, seven points on the spin turning a three point halftime deficit into a decisive lead.

Clogher had the best of the opening exchanges, Dermot McCaffrey and Mark Bogue supplying points on their way to a 5-2 interval lead - Kevin McCullagh having opened the scoring with both of the homesters points in a disappointing thirty minute spell.

However, the Plumbridge men made full use of the wind on the restart to seize control with Conor McGarvey featuring on the score sheet alongside Seamus Harkin 3, and McCullagh 3, as they turned the game on its head to lead 9-5.

Clogher replied with a Sean McCaffrey goal to set up a tense finale, but the hosts were not to be denied the spoils as McCullagh brought his tally for the evening to 0-6 before Cathal Nicholas cemented a welcome victory late on.

Glenelly scorers - Kevin McCullagh 0-6, Seamus Harkin 0-3, Conor McGarvey 0-1, Cathal Nicholas 0-1

Clogher scorers - Sean McCaffrey 1-0, Dermot McCaffrey 0-2, Paul Tierney 0-1, Damian Connolly 0-1, Mark Bogue 0-1, Killian Barkley 0-1, Paul McElroy 0-1

Castlederg 0-8 Errigal Ciaran Thirds 1-13

Errigal Ciaran Thirds stretched their unbeaten run to four games when a superb first half performance helped them negotiate a potential banana-skin away to Castlederg on Saturday.

The Dunmoyle men had the elements in their favour in the opening half hour and they made it count as they had nine points on the board before Mark Corry opened the St.Eugenes’ account.

Damian McDermott was in superb form notching seven of those scores with Michael Harte getting the other two and that helped them lead 0-10 to 0-2 at the interval.

Aidan Lynch and Corry reduced the deficit on the restart but any thoughts of a comeback ended when substitute Peter Loughran scored the only goal of the game.

Martin Harvey and Corry had further Castlederg points but the visitors were always in control on a day when McDermott and Harte got all of their sides’ points between them.

Castlederg scorers – Mark Corry 0-3, Martin Harvey 0-2, Aidan Lynch 0-2, Ciaran Harper 0-1

Errigal Ciaran Thirds scorers – Damian McDermott 0-9, Michael Harte 0-4, Peter Loughran 1-0

Dregish 1-7 Owen Roes 0-10

Owen Roes broke their points duck at the fifth time of asking but they will still feel disappointing after conceding an injury time equaliser away to Dregish in a Friday night encounter.

The visitors began in lightning fashion with the opening four points, Mark Kelly getting three of those; but Dregish’s first score proved to be a Jonathan Doherty goal to take them right back into contention.

Owen Roes’ keeper Ryan McShane then came to his side’s rescue to save a Christopher O’Kane penalty after Martin Bonner was fouled. Mark Kelly, Brendan Boggs and Kiernan Kelly all had points for the visitors as they went into the second half well placed to get that elusive first win.

They failed to build on it though with Mark O’Neill getting their only second half score. Aidan O’Kane proved to be Dregish’s saviour when he, first of all, narrowed the gap with a few frees before striking the late equaliser as well - also via a placed-ball.

Dregish scorers – Aidan O’Kane 0-5, Jonathan Doherty 1-0, Niall O’Kane 0-1, Damian McDevitt 0-1

Owen Roes scorers – Mark Kelly 0-5, Mark O’Neill 0-2, Brendan Boggs 0-1, Kiernan Kelly 0-1, John Harper 0-1