Ciaran McGoldrick opened the scoring for Coleraine in the first minute but Mark Lynch pointed a free thirty seconds later. By the 8th minute Coleraine had stretched their lead to 0-05 to 0-01 with points from Anton Rafferty, Ciaran McGoldrick (2) and Sean Leo McGoldrick.
Eugene O’Kane pulled two points back before Richard Carey made it 0-06 to 0-03 midway through the half. Before the short whistle Ciaran McGoldrick hit a point off the inside of the post, Mark Lynch converting a free for 0-07 to 0-05 just before half time.
Six minutes into the second half Ciaran McGoldrick extended the lead, Declan Mullan making the score 0-09 to 0-05 in the 39th minute. Mark Lynch had a couple of wides before Eugene O’Kane pointed. Ciaran McGoldrick was fouled and pointed the free, Eunan Murphy making the score 0-10 to 0-07 in the 46th minute. Twelve minutes from time Anton Rafferty laid off the ball to Ciaran McGoldrick who played it across goal to the unmarked Conor Carey who netted. In the last 10 minutes Mark Lynch scored two points before Padhraic Murphy cut the lead to three but, in the last minute, Ciaran McGoldrick made the game safe for the Bannsiders.
Coleraine scorers: Ciaran McGoldrick 0-07 (5f), Conor Carey 1-00, Anton Rafferty, Sean Leo McGoldrick, Richard Carey and Declan Mullan 0-01 each
Banagher scorers: Mark Lynch 0-04 (2f), Eugene O’Kane 0-04, Padhraic Murphy, Eunan Murphy 0-01 each
Twice in the closing minutes, Glenullin held a one point lead but a late point from Dermot McGuckin earned a deserved draw in a game where the phenomenal second half scoring burst of Eoin Bradley brought Glenullin back from the brink.
Over the hour he scored 2-08, all but two points coming from open play, his second half contribution of 2-06 putting the Shamrocks to the sword. Neal Mullan gave the home side a morale boosting start with a 3rd minute goal and two points from Eoin Bradley, one a free.
However Ballinderry drew level midway through the half, nine points in a row from 1-04 to 0-04 giving them a considerable advantage as Brian Mullan and Karl McNicholl from a free added to two points from Ruairi Bradley. Conleith Gilligan scored 0-05 for Ballinderry in the first half, with Ryan Bell extending the half time lead to 0-14 to 1-06.
Eoin Bradley scored Glenullin’s second goal in the 38th minutes and added three points in a scoring burst that also included a cracker of a goal from Raymond Wilkinson in the 40th minute, Glenullin still well placed with a six point lead, 1-14 to 1-08.
Midway through the half Conor Nevin scored Ballinderry’s second goal and it was game on as the Shamrocks nibbled away at Glenullin’s lead. Six minutes from the end another Ballinderry defensive slip was punished by the ever alert and accurate Bradley, a Karl McNicholl pointed free seemingly giving Glenullin victory until McGuckin rescued the Shamrocks.
Glenullin scorers: Eoin Bradley 2-08, 0-02 frees, Neal Mullan 1-00, Ruairi Bradley 0-02, Karl McNicholl 0-02 frees and Brian Mullan 0-01
Ballinderry scorers: Raymond Wilkinson 1-01, Conleith Gilligan 0-05, 0-01 free, James Bateson 0-03, Ryan Bell 0-02, Fintan Bell 0-02, James Conway, Michael McIver and Dermot McGuckin 0-01 each
Two minutes into this game Conal McGinley fouled Marty Burke in the goalmouth but Loup keeper Thomas Mallon made a terrific save to deny Kevin Boyle from the resulting penalty.
At the end of a low scoring first quarter Dungiven led 0-02 to 0-01, Darrell O’Kane from a free and Ryan McElhinney scoring either side of a 6th minute Joe O’Kane point. In the 16th minute Aaron McCloskey came infield on the right to drive the ball low to the net and then, moments before the half time whistle, Kevin Hinphey dummied his marker and the drilled another low shot to the net from the right to give Dungiven a 2-05 to 0-07 interval lead.
Aidan McVey, from a superbly struck ‘45m free into the wind, and Declan McVey had Loup points inside five minutes, Marty Burke from a free and Ryan McElhinney keeping the margin at four points, after a Paul Young point. McVey from a free and Kevin Johnston traded points for 2-09 to 0-11 by the 47th minute, as did McVey from his fourth free and Kevin Hinphey.
Darrell O’Kane put Dungiven six points ahead with two scores, the second from a 56th minute free. Loup staged a strong comeback in the closing minutes with scores from Paul Young and Declan McVey (2) but the Dungiven defence held out.
Dungiven scorers: Kevin Hinphey 1-01, Aaron McCloskey 1-00, Darrel O’Kane 0-04 (3f), Ryan McElhinney 0-02, James McNicholl 0-02, Kevin Johnston, Fergal McGuigan and Marty Burke free 0-01 each
Loup scorers: Declan McVey 0-04, Aidan McVey 0-04f, Paul Young 0-03, Brian Doyle 0-02, Joe O’Kane, Gavan Mallon
The Tones led 0-06 to 0-04 at half time, a tremendous battle ensuing in the middle of the field between Joe Diver, who scored two points but picked up a second yellow card in the second half, and Swatragh’s Michael Friel.
Eugene O’Kane had a great chance in the 56th minute when the minimum separated the teams when he just failed to reach a perfectly weighted pass inside on the run to goal. His spurned opportunity was put into stark perspective minutes later when Michael Molloy scored the goal that separated the teams at the finish.
Swatragh scorers: Michael Kirkpatrick 1-01, Thomas Og Gunning 0-03, Seamus Friel, Conor McAtamney and Eugene O’Kane 0-01 each
Bellaghy scorers: Michael Molloy 1-03, Eoghan Brown 0-03, 0-01 free, Joe Diver 0-02, Shea Quinn and Ryan McNally 0-01 each
Slaughtneil maintained their unbeaten record with a five point win over a Rossas side that is finding scoring difficult. Chris Bradley free, Paul Bradley, Enda McKaigue and Danny McMullan scored for Slaughtneil as the sides were tied at the break, 0-04 each. Chris Bradley added two more points in the second period, with Patsy Bradley, Paul Bradley and Gerald Bradley scoring to earn the Emmet’s a three points victory.
Slaughtneil scorers: Chris Bradley 0-03 (1f), Paul Bradley 0-02 (1f), Enda McKaigue, Danny McMullan, Patsy Bradley and Gerald Bradley 0-01 each
Magherafelt scorers: Chrissy Spiers 0-02, ‘45’s. Anton McElhone and Conor Kearns 0-01
Ballinascreen had wind advantage in the first half and a 13th minute goal from Anthony McGurk helped the visitors to a 1-06 to 0-02 interval lead, with Caolan O’Boyle (2), Shane Devlin and Ben Dodds also on target. Seamus Bradley, who finished with 1-03 scored Ballinascreen’s goal in the second half, Benny Heron 0-02 their only other scorer. Ten minutes from time Phillip Bradley, who made his return from injury, was red carded, substitute Niall Toner grabbing the second Lavey goal with the last kick.
Ballinascreen scorers: Seamus Bradley 1-03 (2f) and Benny Heron 0-02.
Lavey scorers: Anthony McGurk 1-04, Caolan O’Boyle 0-04, Niall Toner 1-00, Shane Devlin 0-02 and Ben Dodds 0-01.
Newbridge looked certain to get their first win of the season when they led by two points going into the dying embers but they were caught with the last kick of the game when Liam Morrow found the net.
Kilrea led 0-06 to 0-05 at half time, James Kielt leading the way with four points, Jack Kielt and James Donaghy the other scorers. Peter McGrogan (3) and Danny Mulholland (2) scored for Newbridge who levelled the score early in the second half. James Kielt netted for Kilrea for 1-06 to 0-06 but a 48th minute goal from Paddy McGuigan gave the O’Leary’s a three point cushion. James Kielt and Enda McAleese had points midway through the half for Kilrea, two fantastic long range frees levelling the score at 1-10 each. Kevin Sweeney seemed to have won the game when he converted two frees but Morrow had the last say.
Newbridge scorers: Danny Mulholland 0-04, Peter McGrogan 0-04, Paddy McGuigan 1-00, Nathan Rocks 0-02 and Kevin Sweeney 0-02
Kilrea scorers: James Kielt 1-08, Liam Morrow 1-00, Jack Kielt and Enda McAleese 0-01 each