GAA: Harps and Clarkes in draw

Stewartstown's Cathal Devlin shoots at the Brackaville goals. INTT4013-713DCA
Stewartstown's Cathal Devlin shoots at the Brackaville goals. INTT4013-713DCA

STEWARTSTOWN 1-16 DUNGANNON 3-10

There was plenty of drama at Mullaghmoyle on Saturday, where Dungannon came with a late surge to claim a draw with Stewartstown.

Two Patrick Quinn points had the teams level at 2-2 before the Harps burst into life and having reeled off 1-7 in succession, they looked set for a comfortable outing until a Quinn goal on the stroke of half time closed the gap back to four points.

Barry Cassidy converting a free for the visitors only other scoring contribution of the half as they faced a 1-9 to 1-5 half time deficit.

Stewartstown grabbed the opening point of the second half but every time they scored Dungannon responded with Sean Anthony Burns, Cassidy, Barry Logan and Padraig McNulty landing points.

Stewartstown still held a six point lead entering injury time when a Colm Corrigan goal turned the tie on its head.

Boosted by that major, Dungannon pressed again and, when Matthew Walsh won a penalty Kiefer Morgan hammered home for a draw that should insure both teams intermediate survival.

Stewartstown scorers - Dan Lowe 1-3, Cathal Devlin 0-6, Gareth Devlin 0-3, Ryan Devlin 0-2, James Wray 0-2

Dungannon scorers - Patrick Quinn 1-4, Barry Cassidy 0-3, Colm Corrigan 1-0, Kiefer Morgan 1-0, SA Burns 0-1, Barry Logan 0-1, Padraig McNulty 0-1

DERRYTRESK 0-6 ROCK 1-5

Rock repeated their recent championship triumph over Derrytresk when emerging narrow winners in a low scoring joust at the Fir an Chnoic base.

But, with results elsewhere going against them, the St Patricks are still deep in relegation quagmire.

Patrick Campbell edged Derrytresk into the lead before Rock replied with a Conor McCreesh goal, which was to be only occasion, they troubled the empires in the entire half.

Caolan Corr and Niall Gavin raising white flags in response for a 0-3 to 1-0 halftime stalemate.

The frequency of scoring failed to improve on the resumption as Derrytresk failed to score from play. A trio of McCreesh points saw Derrytresk hitting back via three Joe McKee frees before Rock found an extra gear to force their way over the line, McCreesh with yet another point to augment the insurance score from Cathal McWilliams.

In the dying embers of the contest Ardboe referee Cathal Forbes dismissed home goalkeeper Dominic McGrath as both teams remain firmly in relegation trouble.

Derrytresk scorers - Joe McKee 0-3, Patrick Campbell 0-1, Caolan Corr 0-1, Niall Gavin 0-1

Rock scorers - Conor McCreesh 1-4, Cathal McWilliams 0-1

KILDRESS 2-10 POMEROY 1-10

Two goals in a three minute spell at the start of the second half were the catalyst that Kildress needed to edge a competitive derby with Pomeroy, at Gortacladdy.

The Plunketts dominated the first half exchanges and, were full value for their 1-6 to 0-3 halftime pep talk. Matthew Heagney opened the scoring for the Tones, but they were second best to a determined Pomeroy side with Ollie McCreesh and Kieran Geary notching points before Chris Cahoon goaled on 17 minutes for a 1-3 to 0-2 lead.

Further points from Hugh McNamee and McGeary left the visitors well placed at the break.

John Loughran extended Pomeroy’s lead on the turnaround only for Kildress to bounce back in rip roaring fashion as Damian Kelly found the net on 33 minutes and when Martin Grimes goaled on the next attack it was game on.

Both teams finished the game with fourteen men, after Trillick official Francis Gallagher produced red cards to Jarlath Quinn and Niall Quinn on double infractions following separate incidents in the final ten minutes - with McGurk, Des Treacy and Heagney providing the points that moved Kildress into the safety zone.

Kildress scorers - Des Treacy 0-4, Martin Grimes 1-0, Damian Kelly 1-0, Johnny Connolly 0-2, Frank McGurk 0-2, Matthew Heagney 0-2

Pomeroy scorers - Kieran McGeary 0-4, Chris Cahoon 1-0, Hugh McNamee 0-2, Ollie McCreesh 0-1, John Loughran 0-1, Gareth McAleer 0-1, Frank Burns 0-1

MOORTOWN 5-24 URNEY 0-2

Moortown moved to within a point of clinching the Intermediate league title following this annihilation of depleted Urney, at Tobin Park on Saturday, but surely there must be some lessons to be learned to prevent such a scenario occurring again?

Seven weeks to the day since the last round of league fixtures were played Intermediate finalists Urney were faced with the prospect of taking on league title-chasing Moortown just eight days before their championship final showdown with Eskra.

The St Columbas are almost certain to feature in the promotion play offs and, whether you agree with it or not, they quite rightly decided to rest the bulk of their stars ahead of their Paddy Cullen Cup decider. Why should they risk injuries with the prospect of silverware and a ticket into senior football on offer next weekend in Omagh?

The end result was a complete mismatch as the Lough shore men ran riot restricting their limited guests to two points over the hour. Conor Herron, Daniel Quinn, Tony Quinn, Karl Hagan and substitute Daniel Kelly bagged the goals with Brian McLernon, PJ Quinn, Padraig Hagan, Herron and the Quinn duo supplying the points.

GALBALLY 4-11 AGHYARAN 1-7

Galbally confirmed their place in the promotion play offs with a comfortable victory over Aghyaran at Pearse Park.

Swapped goals between Michael Murphy and Sean Byrne left the game delicately balanced, 1-2 apiece entering the second quarter before Murphy fisted home a second three pointer on 19 minutes, when he connected with a Ronan Nugent effort that had rebounded off the upright.

That allowed Galbally to enjoy a five point cushion, but late points from Anthony Devine and Ronan McNamee brought the St Davog’s back to within three at the midway stage. Murphy and Devine traded points at the top of the third quarter before Galbally gradually pulled clear of their battling opponents.

Defender Damian McCrory landed a quality score before Paul Rafferty slotted home a decisive penalty to punish a mistake from Aghyaran goalkeeper Johnny Hans. Sean Murphy added goal number four leaving substitute Ryan McGurk to seal a satisfactory outing for the Pearse’s who are now in second place.

Galbally scorers - Michael Murphy 2-3, Sean Murphy 1-3, Paul Rafferty 1-0, Enda McGarrity 0-2, Damian McCrory 0-2, Ryan McGurk 0-1

Aghyaran scorers - Sean Byrne 1-3, Anthony Devine 0-2, Shane Sweeney 0-1, Ronan McNamee 0-1

ESKRA 0-11 BRACKAVILLE 0-11

Intermediate finalists Eskra shared the spoils with Brackaville in a reasonable clash, at Emmett Park on Saturday, but it should have been more as Peter Hughes missed a last gasp chance to clinch a home win.

Hughes posted two frees inside the opening three minutes before Brackaville replied with a Ciaran Gervin free, as both teams struggled to avail of countless opportunities.

Cathal McCaffrey extended the hosts lead in the 13th minute before Brackaville goalkeeper Damian O’Neill denied Shane Hackett a goal with a fantastic save.

At the break, it was 5-5, Paul Turbett and Hughes cancelling efforts from Gervin.

The second period proved to one a nip and tuck affair with points swapped at regular intervals. Aaron Kelly and three Hughes efforts edged Eskra in front and, when Conor O’Hagan pointed on 54 minutes, Eskra enjoyed a two point lead.

That was their last score as two further visiting frees sent the Roes home with something to show for their efforts.

Eskra scorers - Peter Hughes 0-6, Cathal McCaffrey 0-1, Paul Turbett 0-1, Aaron Kelly 0-1, Shane Hackett 0-1, Conor O’Hagan 0-1

Brackaville scorers - Ciaran Gervin 0-9, Martin Gervin 0-1, Sean McNally 0-1

GORTIN 1-15 STRABANE 0-12

Strabane’s championship hangover continued on their travels to St Patricks Park, at the weekend where Diarmuid McNulty spearheaded Gortin to the spoils that guaranteed their intermediate survival.

Whether it is coincidence or not - Gortin produced arguably their best display of the season when they needed to with McNulty delivering a man of the match performance hitting four points in either half. The hosts were 3-2 ahead, when they hit a 1-2 salvo that proved to be decisive, at the finish. McNulty managing both points with Chris McClean finishing the goal that enabled the hosts to enjoy a 1-8 to 0-8 interval cushion.

Kevin McCullagh and Brian McGarvey among the home marksmen with Strabane having the final say of the half through JP Gallagher and Marc Devine. Twice in the second half Strabane closed the gap to a point with Danny McBride, McLaughlin and Devine on target, but they were unable to get back on level par and, when Gortin sensed the danger, they upped the tempo to claim a precious win. McNulty hitting three of the final five points for a personal haul of 0-8.

Gortin scorers - Diarmuid McNulty 0-8, Chris McClean 1-0, Kevin McCullagh 0-2, Brian McGarvey 0-2, Pete O’Neill 0-1, Shane Clarke 0-1, Ruairi Keenan 0-1

Strabane scorers - John McLaughlin 0-5, Warner Mullan 0-3, Marc Devine 0-2, John Paul Gallagher 0-1, Danny McBride 0-1

EDENDORK 2-19 CLANN NA GAEL 0-10
A productive opening quarter scoring return provided Edendork with a match winning foundation, as they maintained an active interest in the promotion equation following this anticipated win over Clann na Gael.

Aided by two Brian McGuckin goals Edendork were 2-9 ahead by the time Danny Ball converted a free to open the visitors account. Clann Na Gael rallying in the closing stages of the half with midfielder Paul Gormley registering a brace of points in response to a Stephen Gervin point for a 2-10 to 0-5 halftime deficit.

With the result a mere formality the teams traded points regularly throughout half two with Darren McCurry bringing his tally to 0-9. Karl McGuckin and Sean Donnelly also contributed home scores, while Clann Na Gael substitute Sean O’Kane helped himself to a treble of points as Edendork moved onto 15 points in the table with championship honours ruling either Urney or Eskra out of the question.

Edendork scorers - Darren McCurry 0-9, Brian McGuckin 2-2, Brian Og O’Rourke 0-3, Stephen Gervin 0-2, Sean Donnelly 0-2, Karl McGuckin 0-1

Clann na Gael Scorers - Danny Ball 0-4, Sean O’Kane 0-3, Paul Gormley 0-2, Paddy Conwell 0-1