McCullagh stars as Fianna slip up in top spot clash

DROMORE 4-8 COALISLAND 1-8

This top of the table clash was played at Drumragh and it failed to serve up the cracker that was anticipated as Dromore eased to victory with former Tyrone attacker Colm McCullagh the star of the show.

McCullagh fired in two goals in as many minutes in the opening quarter and the St.Dympnas never looked back.

Joe Herron did fist in a Fianna major and Eoghan Carberry tagged on a couple of points but Dromore greeted the short whistle 3-4 to 1-4 in front after McCullagh completed his hat trick and Ruairi Sludden and Eoin McCusker tagged on points. Carberry took his personal haul to seven in the second half with Stephen McNally the Fianna’s only other scorer on the day but it was Dromore who went clear at the top of the division one table with Sean McNabb putting the icing on the cake with a late goal.

Dromore scorers - Colm McCullagh 3-2, Eoin McCusker 0-3, Sean McNabb 1-0, Paddy Montague 0-1, Sean McDonnell 0-1, Ruairi Sludden 0-1

Coalisland scorers - Eoghan Carberry 0-7, Joe Herron 1-0, Stephen McNally 0-1

KILLYCLOGHER 1-12 AUGHER 1-14

This contest took place on Friday evening and it once again highlighted that newly promoted Augher can more than hold their own in the top flight as they continued their push for a top four place with a fine win at Killyclogher.

The home side failed to score in the opening quarter as Augher began brightly with points from Jamie Donnelly [3] and Declan Connolly. It took Killyclogher seventeen minutes to open their account but it proved to be a James Carlin goal.

Leo Meenan and Mark Bradley tagged on points but Augher still led at halftime with Daire Kavanagh finding the net and Conor Hackett pointing.

Within twelve minutes of the restart Killyclogher had turned a two point deficit into a two point lead through Bradley and Conor Meenan but a brilliant Jarlath Daly brace got the St.Macartans up and running again and the impressive Donnelly then took his personal haul to nine as the visitors claimed a fine win.

Killyclogher scorers – Mark Bradley 0-5, James Carlin 1-2, Simon O’Neill 0-2, Conor Meenan 0-1, Thomas Flanagan 0-1, Leo Meenan 0-1

Augher scorers – Jamie Donnelly 0-9, Daire Kavanagh 1-0, Jarlath Daly 0-2, Declan Connolly 0-1, Conor Hackett 0-1, Darragh Donnelly 0-1

EGLISH 0-16 DERRYLAUGHAN 0-10

Eglish put their four game losing streak behind them at Connolly Park yesterday afternoon when they won this crucial four pointer against a Derrylaughan side who increasingly look to be heading back to Intermediate football.

The Kevin Barrys actually got the first two points if the game through Cathal Cushnahan and Fergal McAliskey but after that it was all downhill for them. Corner forward Sean McKillion was in superb form for the hosts with three first half points with half back Conal McNulty weighing in with a brace as well as they turned around 0-10 to 0-6 in front.

McKillion hit his side’s first four points of the second half as well with Shea Coney responding with a couple for the Loughshore men. Peter McCann though ensured that Eglish kept their opponents at arm’s length and another disappointing day for Derrylaughan was summed up when a Fergal McAliskey penalty hit the post six minutes from time.

Eglish scorers – Sean McKillion 0-7, Peter McCann 0-4, Conal McNulty 0-2, Damian Jordan 0-1, Brendan Donnelly 0-1, Sean Muldoon 0-1

Derrylaughan scorers – Shea Coney 0-3, Cathal Cushnahan 0-2, Fergal McAliskey 0-2, Gerard McAliskey 0-2, Ciaran Quinn 0-1

DONAGHMORE 1-9 COOKSTOWN 0-13

As expected this was a close contest at Father Devlin Park with Cookstown managing to shade the verdict on a day when a couple of key decisions went against the home side.

Once in either half the home side thought they had scored a point but on both occasions the referee consulted with both umpires before deciding that they weren’t scores.

Cookstown were lively early on with Owen Mulligan, John Gilmore and Brian O’Neill helping them into a four point lead. They registered just once more in the opening period though as Donaghmore led at the break with Matthew McGahan, Dan Tone rand Deasun Quinn all pointing. Shea McGarrity and Conor Mullan got early second half points for the visitors but then McGahan got a seventh minute goal. Cookstown though pushed on and Mulligan, Shea McGarrity and Christopher Eastwood all got points as they emerged narrow winners.

Donaghmore scorers – Matthew McGahan 1-3, Dan Toner 0-2, Deasun Quinn 0-2, Shane Mulgrew 0-2

Cookstown scorers – Owen Mulligan 0-5, Christopher Eastwood 0-3, Shea McGarrity 0-2, John Gilmore 0-1, Conor Mullan 0-1, Brian O’Neill 0-1

MOY 1-4 CARRICKMORE 2-8

Carrickmore failed to score in the final quarter away to Moy yesterday afternoon but it didn’t matter as they had already done more than enough to get the better of a Moy side who failed to build on an early goal. It was Thomas Conlon who capitalised on a mistake in the St.Colmcilles defence to fire past Plunkett McCallan after only four minutes but the visitors responded in style. Full forward Eoin Hughes marked his senior debut in style with two goals either side of points from Mickey McCallan, Mickey Donaghy and Caolan Daly as the St.Colmcilles seized control. Barry and Caolan Daly stretched that advantage and at that stage the game was already beyond Moy. Paul Rouse did convert a couple of frees while substitute Donal Jordan fired over from play but it was only academic at that stage.

Moy scorers – Thomas Conlon 1-0, Paul Rouse 0-2, Eunan Deeney 0-1, Donal Jordan 0-1

Carrickmore scorers – Eoin Hughes 2-0, Caolan Daly 0-4, Mickey McCallan 0-2, Mickey Donaghy 0-1, Barry Daly 0-1

OMAGH 0-7 ERRIGAL CIARAN 0-7

County champions Errigal Ciaran hadn’t their shooting boots with them in this evening encounter at Healy Park as they shot fourteen wides and required a last minute equaliser from Darren Canavan to earn a share of the spoils. The visitors had three points on the board by the 8th minute courtesy of Mark Kavanagh [2] and Paul Quinn but they were to register just once more in the opening period. Jason McAnulla kicked a couple of points with the Gallagher brothers Micheal and Hugh scoring as well and Omagh should have been further in front but for John Devine saving a McAnulla penalty. The visitors hit five wides in the opening stages of the second half before a Kavanagh brace put them in front. Conor Meyler levelled matters before McAnulla looked to have won it from a free until Canavan’s late intervention.

Omagh scorers – Jason McAnulla 0-3, Conor Meyler 0-2, Hugh Gallagher 0-1, Micheal Gallagher 0-1

Errigal Ciaran scorers – Mark Kavanagh 0-4, Paul Quinn 0-1, Sean McKenna 0-1, Darren Canavan 0-1

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