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Carrickmore 0-8 Eglish 1-10

Carrickmore officially opened their new playing surface yesterday afternoon, but that was as good as it got for the St.Colmcilles as Eglish secured a surprise - but fully merited - victory on their travels.

Finbar Magill opened the scoring inside sixty seconds, but the visitors then hit 1-6 without reply to lay the foundations for their victory. Peter McCann, Gregory Jordan and Tuan McKenna had points either side of a fourth minute Sean McKillion major.

With the wind at their backs for the second period Carrickmore started brightly with points from Paul McAleer, Martin Penrose and Caolan Daly as they closed the gap to 1-8 to 0-7.

It took Eglish twenty minutes to open their second half account via a McKillion free but they got the next score as well from Emmett McKenna. The home side had it all to do but all they could muster in the final quarter was Kevin McNally’s third point of a disappointing afternoon for them as the St.Patricks opened their campaign in style.

Carrickmore scorers – Kevin McNally 0-3, Caolan Daly 0-2, Finbar Magill 0-1, Paul McAleer 0-1, Martin Penrose 0-1

Eglish scorers – Sean McKillion 1-3, Gregory Jordan 0-2, Peter McCann 0-2, Ryan McKenna 0-1, Brendan Donnelly 0-1, Emmett McKenna 0-1

Moy 1-11 Derrylaughan 0-8

An early scoring burst from county midfielder Sean Cavanagh helped give Moy a lead that they were never to lose as they made a winning return to senior football at the expense of Derrylaughan.

Cavanagh found the net after a dozen minutes by which time he had already sent the ball over the bar three times as well. Liam Gervin and Martin McStravog had first half points for Derrylaughan but the visitors were dealt a blow when Ciaran Gervin had to go off injured as they trailed 1-5 to 0-2 at the break.

Liam Gervin and Shea Coney trimmed the gap on the resumption, but Ryan Mellon, Eunan Deeney and Karol McQuade answered those scores for Moy.

Another Gervin free closed the gap but that was the final say of the game for the Kevin Barrys with Tommy Conlon and former Brackaville player Paul Rouse weighing in with late points for the winners.

Moy scorers – Sean Cavanagh 1-3, Eunan Deeney 0-2, James Kavanagh 0-1, Ryan Mellon 0-1, Karol McQuade 0-1, Kris Kavanagh 0-1, Paul Rouse 0-1, Tommy Conlon 0-1

Derrylaughan scorers – Liam Gervin 0-4, Shea Coney 0-2, Martin McStravog 0-1, Stephen McGrath 0-1

Augher 0-11 Ardboe 2-9

A last minute goal from Paul Coney sealed victory for Ardboe at Father Hackett Park to deny Augher in their first game back in senior football since 1991.

The Rossas had two points on the board inside the opening minute courtesy of the McGuigan brothers, Brian and Shea, but with the wind at their backs the St.Macartans began to get on top. Francis McMeel, Declan Connolly, Jamie Donnelly and new recruit Daire Kavanagh all scored as they greeted the short whistle 0-9 t0 0-4 in front.

Unfortunately for the home side they had to wait until the 23rd minute to open their second half account via a Kavanagh free by which time the game had turned in favour of the Loughshore men. Shea McGuigan hit a trio of points with Michael Cassidy and Eugene Martin also on target to compliment a penalty goal from big John McConville.

Augher did come with a late rally with Kavanagh and Donnelly scoring again but that late Coney major put paid to their chances of taking anything from the contest.

Augher scorers – Daire Kavanagh 0-5, Jamie Donnelly 0-4, Francis McMeel 0-1, Declan Connolly 0-1

Ardboe scorers – Shea McGuigan 0-5, John McConville 1-0, Paul Coney 1-0, Brian McGuigan 0-2, Michael Cassidy 0-1, Eugene Martin 0-1

Errigal Ciaran 0-12

Donaghmore 0-8

Centre half forward Tommy Canavan gave an exhibition of score taking that his uncle Peter would have been proud off as the county champions began their season with a victory over Donaghmore at Dunmoyle.

Stefan Tierney had the home side’s first two scores with Niall McKenna, Shane Mulgrew and Matthew McGahan responding for the St.Patricks but then Tommy swung into action. He landed half a dozen points including a superb effort from out on the sideline to enable his side to lead 0-9 to 0-4 at the turnaround.

Donaghmore were by no means out of it and while Canavan had the opening score of the second period they then went twenty minutes without troubling the umpires.

McKenna, McGahan and Mulgrew all registered again to leave things interesting but deep into injury time a Canavan free proved to be the insurance score.

Errigal Ciaran scorers – Tommy Canavan 0-8, Stefan Tierney 0-2, Sean Mellon 0-1, Ronan McRory 0-1

Donaghmore scorers – Niall McKenna 0-3, Shane Mulgrew 0-3, Matthew McGahan 0-2

Coalisland 1-11 Trillick 0-11

Coalisland will feel that they have a point to prove after going through last season’s campaign with a perfect record of fifteen wins from fifteen and still ending up with nothing to show for their efforts

They made a positive start at Father Campbell Park yesterday afternoon when overcoming the stern challenge of Trillick.

The sides shared the opening half a dozen points with Jason Carberry, Paddy McNeice, Richard Donnelly and Daire Gallagher on the mark for their respective sides before an Eoghan Carberry shot took a deflection on its way to the net to leave the Fianna leading 1-4 to 0-4 at halftime.

It proved to be the pivotal score of the game as in the second half it was point for point with McNeice, Brian Toner, Philip Toner, Donnelly and Shane Gormley all featuring on the scoreboard.

Coalisland scorers – Paddy McNeice 0-4, Eoghan Carberry 1-1, Brian Toner 0-2, Plunkett Kane 0-1, Philip Toner 0-1, Tiarnan O’Hagan 0-1, Jason Carberry 0-1

Trillick scorers – Richard Donnelly 0-5, Daire Gallagher 0-2, Shane Gormley 0-2, Rory Kelly 0-2

Omagh 2-7 Cookstown 0-9

All Ireland Intermediate champions Cookstown’s return to senior ranks ended in defeat at Healy Park yesterday afternoon as Omagh took the spoils despite the fact that they failed to score in the final quarter.

James McGahan put the Father Rocks in front with five minutes on the clock but that was the only time that they were to lead all afternoon. Conan Grugan levelled matters from a free before Jason McAnulla got in for his first goal of the game.

Conor Clarke, Ronan O’Neill and Ryan McBride all tagged on points as the St.Endas led 1-5 to 0-4 at halftime, Raymond Mulgrew and Owen Mulligan with Cookstown points.

McGahan opened the second half scoring as well but any hopes that they had of mounting a comeback ended when McAnulla found the net again. O’Neill added a free but while Conor O’Hare and Owen Mulligan had Cookstown points those two McAnulla goals proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Omagh scorers – Jason McAnulla 2-1, Ronan O’Neill 0-3, Conan Grugan 0-1, Conor Clarke 0-1, Ryan McBride 0-1

Cookstown scorers – Owen Mulligan 0-3, James McGahan 0-2, Conor O’Hare 0-2, Raymond Mulgrew 0-1, Conor Mullan 0-1

Dromore 0-11 Clonoe 0-10

Dromore came out on top in this meeting between the last two league champions when they had the minimum to spare over old rivals Clonoe in this evening throw in.

The St.Dympnas led by double scores at the interval 0-6 to 0-3 with Eoin McCusker and Ruairi Sludden getting all but one of their tally between them. Stephen McNulty with a couple of frees for the O’Rahillys after PJ Lavery had put them into an early lead.

A McAliskey brace closed the gap in the opening moments of the second half but Sludden, Ronan McNabb and McCusker made sure the St.Dympnas kept their noses in front.

With time running out efforts from McAliskey and Patrick Doris looked to have earned the defending champions a draw only for McCusker to prove to be the match winner with a difficult free with virtually the last kick of the game.

Dromore scorers – Eoin McCusker 0-4, Ruairi Sludden 0-3, Barry Collins 0-1, Niall Sludden 0-1, Ronan McNabb 0-1, Colm McCullagh 0-1

Clonoe scorers – Conor McAliskey 0-4, Stephen McNulty 0-3, PJ Lavery 0-1, Paul Coney 0-1, Patrick Doris 0-1

Greencastle 0-9 Killyclogher 0-8

An outstanding long range point from substitute Ryan Conway five minutes from time acted as the catalyst for Greencastle to open their season with a narrow win over near neighbours Killyclogher.

With the strong cross field wind spoiling any chance of a free flowing game it was no surprise that scores were at a premium throughout. Indeed it took a quarter of an hour for Leo Meenan to open the scoring from a free and Simon O’Neill closed the first half with an effort from a placed ball as well as the St.Marys led 0-3 to 0-2, John McCullagh with both Greencastle points.

Enda Clarke levelled the argument in the opening moments of the second half but by the end of the third quarter Killyclogher were in front again after O’Neill and Meenan had both split the posts.

The home side then hit three in a row from Kevin Ferrity, McCullagh and Peter Teague only for Meenan to level matters. It was at this stage that Conway landed his score and when Cathaoir McCullagh followed that up from a free they managed to hold on despite a late effort for the visitors from Mark Bradley.

Greencastle scorers – John McCullagh 0-4, Enda Clarke 0-1, Kevin Ferrity 0-1, Peter Teague 0-1, Ryan Conway 0-1, Cathaoir McCullagh 0-1

Killyclogher scorers – Leo Meenan 0-4, Mark Bradley 0-2, Simon O’Neill 0-2