St Marys keep shooting boots on against Brocagh

Killeeshil and Tyrone footballer, Kevin Hughes.
Killeeshil and Tyrone footballer, Kevin Hughes.

It turned out to be a very wet night for football but the host St Mary’s side took their opportunities well enough to emerge comfortable winners over an out-of-sorts Brocagh.

The Emmets created plenty of scoring chances but their finishing was wayward and getting back into the game after trailing at half-time by 1-4 to 0-0 proved beyond them.

Gary Reilly gave Killeeshil the ideal start when finding the net inside the first minute and the St Mary’s never looked back, although their cause was aided by that lack of finishing edge on Brocagh’s behalf.

Home points via Ruari O’Neill, Shane Mallon, Reilly and Kevin Hughes completed the opening half scoring, Brocagh unable to open their account as the rain pelted down.

Justin Campbell ended Brocagh’s extended wait for a score when pointing a free shortly after the restart but the away comeback failed to take hold as inaccuracy in range of the posts again undermined their efforts.

The St Mary’s kicked on at the other end as Packie McMullan, Rory McCann(0-2), O’Neill and Hughes(0-2) consolidated a solid winning platform to assist their side’s push up the table.

McCann added another score and a late Mickey Hughes free brought Brocagh’s tally to just two. There will be better nights for the Emmets who have a championship preliminary round coming up in the near future.

Killeeshil Scorers – Gary Reilly 1-1, Rory McCann 0-3, Kevin Hughes 0-3, Ruari O’Neill 0-2, Packie McMullan 0-1, Shane Mallon 0-1

Brocagh Scorers – Mickey Hughes 0-1, Justin Campbell 0-1

Two timely first half goals and one in the closing stages helped Clogher continue their good run with success over Killyman at the St Mary’s base.

The St Mary’s made a sharper start to proceedings via an Enda McGahan major after 7 minutes plus points courtesy of Declan Boyle and Caolan Morgan.

Clogher then sprung into action with Paddy McKernan netting on 10 minutes and Paul Tierney doing likewise just prior to the interval. Jamie Callaghan claimed a point brace for the Eire Ogs who went into the break level on 2-2 to 1-5.

McGahan, Niall McAlinden and Damien McNulty were among the St Mary points once the second half got underway but Mark Bogue and Ciaran Shields kept Clogher in touch.

Barry McKenna arrived onto the scene for Clogher and made his mark via a goal and two points in the last quarter. McGahan and Niall McAlinden replied for the St Mary’s but second-placed Clogher got over the line to gain ground on the leaders.

Killyman Scorers – Enda McGahan 1-3, Ryan McKenna 0-2, Declan Boyle 0-2, Caolan Morgan 0-1, Declan McAlinden 0-1, Niall McAlinden 0-1, Damien McNulty 0-1

Clogher Scorers – Barry McKenna 1-2, Paddy McKernan 1-0, Paul Tierney 1-0, Mark Bogue 0-2, Jamie Callaghan 0-2, Ciaran Shields 0-1

League leaders Loughmacrory met with their first defeat of the season when Fintona served up a solid display to deny the visitors.

The St Theresa’s still hold a good advantage at the summit but this result provides a chink of light to the chasing pack as they try to close in on the table-toppers.

Aidan Quinn and Thomas McGrath set Fintona on the right path with point braces apiece to cap good displays from both as play progressed. Ronan Ward and Brendan Donaghy had scores in reply for a St Theresa’s side that netted through Niall Grimes in the first half.

The teams headed for half-time all-square on 1-3 to 0-6 but Fintona opened up important daylight when Bernard Cassidy claimed a 37th minute major. Aaron McCarney, Quinn and McGrath added scores as the Pearses ended the unbeaten run of their opponents despite Ronan Ward pulling a few points back.

Fintona Scorers – Aidan Quinn 0-4, Thomas McGrath 0-3, Bernard Cassidy 1-0, Aaron McCarney 0-2, Niall Mellon 0-1, Conor McGoldrick 0-1, Paul Martin 0-1

Loughmacrory Scorers – Ronan Ward 0-4, Brendan Donaghy 0-3, Niall Grimes 1-0, Damian McAleer 0-1

These teams ended up sharing the spoils following two halves here of contrasting scoreboard fortunes.

Dregish made better use of the overhead elements to head for the interval 1-5 to 0-3 to the good after Packie Crees got a goal plus Aidan O’Kane, Stevie Breen and Mark Catterson contributed points.

Drumquin came more into the affair following the restart with Frankie McAlynn, Ryan McCallion and Barry Gormley leading a Tones revival that cut the gap right down.

Caolan McCrossan and Mark Catterson replied at the opposite end for the Pearse Ogs but James Winters and Paul Sheridan drew Drumquin level before the finish.

Dregish Scorers – Mark Catterson 0-4, Packie Crees 1-0, Stevie Breen 0-2, Aidan O’Kane 0-2, Caolan McCrossan 0-1

Drumquin Scorers – Frankie McAlynn 0-4, Ryan McCallion 0-4, Barry Gormley 0-2, James Winters 0-1, Paul Sheridan 0-1

This North Tyrone tie took a bit of winning but the St Eugene’s eventually came through by a brace of points.

The St Josephs shaded a free-flowing first half on a margin of 0-8 to 0-7, Seamus Harkin leading their returns from frees and open play efforts.

Aidan McSorley, Damian Duffy and Niall Mayse were among the St Eugene first half score providers and McSorley then netted a goal three minutes into the last half.

Harkin, Ciaran Kearney, Darragh Bradley and Kevin McAnena pointed for Glenelly to restore parity but two Mickey Ward points settled matters in favour of the St Eugenes.

Newtownstewart Scorers – Aidan McSorley 1-3, Damian Patton 0-2, Mickey Ward 0-2, Niall Mayse 0-2, Damien Duffy 0-1, Sean Gallagher 0-1

Glenelly Scorers – Seamus Harkin 0-7, Ciaran Kearney 0-2, Kevin McAnena 0-2, Darragh Bradley 0-1

Mark Corry contributed an even mix of points from play and place-kicks as Castlederg halted their recent run of reversals to edge past a spirited Owen Roes team.

Owen Roes had carved out a narrow interval advantage as Brendan Boggs (0-2), Gerard Devine , Stephen Harper, Eamon McBride and Charles O’Doherty landed scores.

The likes of Corry in chief, Brian Coyle plus Paddy Lynch replied for Castlederg and the St Eugene’s put their noses in front during the course of the second half through Corry, Stefain Gallen and John Gallahgher to clinch the verdict by two points.

Owen Roes Scorers – Brendan Boggs 0-3, Gerard Devine 0-2, Stephen Harper 0-2, Eamon McBride 0-1, Charles O’Doherty 0-1

Castlederg Scorers – Mark Corry 0-6, Brian Coyle 0-1, Paddy Lynch 0-1, John Gallagher 0-1, Tony Breen 0-1, Stefain Gallen 0-1

The Sarsfields and Red Knights produced a tight contest in Clanabogan, with Beragh backing up their recent good form but only narrowly at the expense of a spirited Drumragh side.

Two important scores for Beragh arrived in the form of majors from Hugh Franey and Eddie Molloy. Martin Rodgers led their points tally as the Kinghts did just enough to stay in front, Chris McSorley and Chris Devlin sending over scores too.

Drumragh were not far away as Martin Taggart scored 1-4 and Paul Maguire kicked four points. The host team drew level during the last half but a second Beragh goal sealed the issue.

Drumragh Scorers – Martin Taggart 1-4, Paul Maguire 0-4, Gareth Starrs 0-1, Gareth Haughey 0-1

Beragh Scorers – Martin Rodgers 0-4, Eddie Molloy 1-1, Hugh Franey 1-0, Chris McSorley 0-2, Chris Devlin 0-2