GAA: Five sent off as Cookstown conquer Clonoe

Cookstown and Clonoe players tussle as the referee looks on. Picture by Daron Patterson.
Cookstown and Clonoe players tussle as the referee looks on. Picture by Daron Patterson.

COOKSTOWN 1-7 CLONOE 0-8

Cookstown lowered colours of county champions Clonoe at Paddy Cullen Park on Sunday, to give themselves a great chance of reaching the semi-finals in a contest that saw five players dismissed.

Match official Brian McCallion set his stall out from day one, with Christopher Eastwood and Jerome McClure both receiving double yellow cards with less than a quarter of an hour gone on the clock.

James McGahan scored three first half points for the Fr Rocks, with Shane O’Hagan and Ryan T O’Neill replying for the visitors before a late goal from Brian O’Neill left it 1-4 to 0-5 at the break.

Colm Doris and McGahan traded early points before Clonoe lost three further men in the space of fifteen minutes all for double bookings - PJ Lavery, O’Hagan and O’Neill.

By that stage they were on level terms, courtesy of a Stephen McNulty free but a late brace from Owen Mulligan won the day for the hosts.

Cookstown scorers – James McGahan 0-4, Owen Mulligan 0-3, Brian O’Neill 1-0

Clonoe scorers – Stephen McNulty 0-2, Danny McNulty 0-1, Shane O’Hagan 0-1, Ryan T O’Neill 0-1, Patrick Doris 0-1, Colm Doris 0-1, Declan McClure 0-1

ERRIGAL CIARAN 3-8 COALISLAND 2-10

Coalisland had a chance to take a big step towards the top four when they travelled to play Errigal Ciaran at Dunmoyle but, in a bizarre game of two halves, their efforts just came up short in the end.

The Fianna got off to a great start when a Plunkett Kane point was followed by a Gerard Toner goal inside three minutes.

With the wind at their back , the home side took over with Davy Harte, Caolan Tierney and defender Micheal McCann all notching goals and Eoin Quinn and Ronan McRory supplying points as they led by eleven at the short whistle.

Amazingly the home side failed to register in the second half as Coalisland came storming back.

Toner, Paddy McNeice and Stephen McNally all hit points, Toner converting a penalty.

It was all Coalisland at this stage with McNally, Niall Kerr and Eoghan Carberry all hitting points but they couldn’t find the equaliser.

Errigal Ciaran scorers – Caolan Tierney 1-1, Davy Harte 1-0, Micheal McCann 1-0, Peter Harte 0-2, Tommy Canavan 0-2, Sean McKenna 0-1, Ronan McRory 0-1, Eoin Quinn 0-1

Coalisland scorers – Gerard Toner 2-1, Stephen McNally 0-3, Paddy McNeice 0-2, Eoghan Carberry 0-2, Niall Kerr 0-1, Plunkett Kane 0-1

ARDBOE 3-14 DERRYLAUGHAN 1-3

Ardboe made sure of their place in the semi-finals when they had a convincing win at home to already relegated Derrylaughan at Coney Park.

The Rossas got off to the perfect start, with their first score proving to be a goal from John McConville. Shea Coney and Fergal McAliskey had points for the Kevin Barrys but that proved to be their only scores of the opening period.

Shay McGuigan, Paul Coney, Michael Cassidy and Michael Lynn supplied points for the home side as they led 1-7 to 0-3 at short whistle. Ciaran Quinn got a Derrylaughan goal in the second half but that proved to be their only score.

McGuigan, Coney, Thomas Wylie and Nishy O’Neill all tagged on points with Lynn and McConville both finding the net as they won with plenty to spare.

Ardboe scorers – John McConville 2-0, Shay McGuigan 0-4, Michael Lynn 1-1, Nishy O’Neill 0-3, Paul Coney 0-2, Thomas Wylie 0-2, Michael Cassidy 0-1, Anthony Devlin 0-1

Derrylaughan scorers – Ciaran Quinn 1-0, Shea Coney 0-2, Fergal McAliskey 0-1

GREENCASTLE 0-6 EGLISH 1-7

A strong first half display from Eglish that saw them score all but one of their entire tally helped lay the foundation for this vital win over fellow strugglers Greencastle for a result that will go a long way towards them ensuring their safety.

Sean McKillion, Damian Jordan and Peter McCann all hit points with half back Colm Byrne scoring a vital goal at the end of the opening quarter, Cathair McCullagh and Sean Fox with points for a Greencastle side who trailed 1-6 to 0-2.

Christopher Gillen and three frees from substitute Mark Carson helped close the gap in the second half for the wind assisted hosts but while they only managed a McKillion point the visitors had still done enough to repeat their championship win.

Greencastle scorers – Mark Carson 0-3, Cathair McCullagh 0-1, Sean Fox 0-1, Christopher Gillen 0-1

Eglish scorers – Sean McKillion 0-4, Colm Byrne 1-0, Peter McCann 0-2, Damian Jordan 0-1

CARRICKMORE 3-7 KILLYCLOGHER 1-11

Beaten championship finalists Carrickmore moved into the top four in the division one table when they edged past neighbours Killyclogher in a keenly contested encounter.

It was all square at the short whistle 1-3 to 0-6 with Mark Donnelly getting the goal for the St.Colmcilles and former Tyrone attacker Leo Meenan claiming four points for the St.Marys.

Within sixty seconds of the restart Simon O’Neill scored a Killyclogher goal but three minutes later Paul McAleer found the net at the other end of the field to level.

Conal McCann and Meenan exchanged points with Mark Donnelly and Mickey Donaghy before two goals inside a few minutes from McAleer and Barry Daly put the home side in control.

Killyclogher finished strongly with points from Meenan and defender Dermot Carlin and had a couple of efforts cleared of the line in a frantic finish.

Carrickmore scorers – Mark Donnelly 1-2, Barry Daly 1-2, Paul McAleer 1-1, Mickey Donaghy 0-2

Killyclogher scorers – Leo Meenan 0-7, Simon O’Neill 1-0, Conal McCann 0-2, Tiarnan Cox 0-1, Dermot Carlin 0-1

CLONOE 0-17 COALISLAND 0-7

After both sides suffered surprise defeats at the weekend this re-arranged tie was a must-win for both sides at Stewartstown on Tuesday.

And Clonoe turned on the style to win by ten points despite fielding a deleted side. Stephen McNulty and Brian Toner traded early points before the O’Rahillys took over. Danny McNulty 4, Patrick Doris and Shane McCourt all scored to leave them 0-8 to 0-3 in front at the break, Gerard Toner with a brace for Fianna.

Coalisland then had points by Paddy McNeice and Dermot Thornton but the county champions dominated with scores by Paul Coney, Colm Doris, Declan McClure, PJ Lavery and the McNulty brothers. Patrick Doris picked up a second yellow card from Trillick whistler Francie Gallagher late on but by that stage the issue was beyond any doubt.

Clonoe scorers – Danny McNulty 0-5, Stephen McNulty 0-3, PJ Lavery 0-2, Declan McClure 0-2, Patrick Doris 0-1, Shane McCourt 0-1, Paul Coney 0-1, Colm Doris 0-1, Martin Hughes 0-1

Coalisland scorers – Gerard Toner 0-2, Paddy McNeice 0-2, Dermot Thornton 0-2, Brian Toner 0-1