H&A Div Three: Improving Colmcille push Drum all way as ‘Vale win again

Doire Colmcille forward Harry Curran is hauled down by two Drum defenders during Sunday's Division Three  match. DER2015-138KM
Doire Colmcille forward Harry Curran is hauled down by two Drum defenders during Sunday's Division Three match. DER2015-138KM
  • Faughanavle remain at top after sixth successive win
  • Drum stay in contention after hard fought win at improving Doire Colmcille
  • Ardmore defender Barry Gavin facing long spell on sidelines after nasty injury
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It’s as you were at the top of Division Three as Faughanvale’s relentless march back toward Intermediate football shows no signs of slowing. In behind ‘Vale, Drum stayed in touch but were made to work by a vastly improved Doire Colmcille.

Doire Colmcille 0-7, Drum 2-9

Doire Colmcille's Dean Curran tries to close down Conor O'Kane of  Drum in a tussle for the ball. DER2015-143KM

Doire Colmcille's Dean Curran tries to close down Conor O'Kane of Drum in a tussle for the ball. DER2015-143KM

Conor O’Reilly’s injury time goal finally killed off Doire Colmcille hopes after a much improved display against high flying Drum at Pairc Colmcille.

The sides went in level at half-time at 0-4 apiece, with the lead changing hands four times. Donal Brolly opened the scoring but points from Declan McErlean and Dean Curran saw Colmcille reply. Drum rallied as consecutive scores from Paddy Moore, Conor O’Reilly and Brolly again suggested the visitors were taking control only for teenager Conal Duffy and Curran’s late free made it all square at the break.

With the breeze behind them, Drum’s second half started brightly with points from Conor O’Reilly and Donal Brolly but Curran was again able to reply after good work from Tommy McBride.

However, just when Doire Colmcille were threatening an upset, Brolly set up O’Reilly who found the back of the net.

Colmcille weren’t finished though as Curran left them four points down before that late O’Reilly goal finally ended the contest.

Doire Colmcille scorers: Declan McErlean (0-1); Dean Curran (0-5, 0-4f), Conal Duffy (0-1).

Drum scorers: Conor O’Reilly (1-3, 0-2f), Paddy Moore (0-1), Donal Brolly (0-3), Rory O’Reilly (1-2)

Ardmore P, Magherafelt Thirds P

The game was abandoned after 15 minutes following a serious injury suffered by Ardmore full-back Barry Gavin.

The experienced defender, who has torn his cruciate knee ligament in the past, is awaiting the results of scans but the St. Mary’s men fear that he could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Faughanvale 2-11, Glack 0-6

Another game, another victory for Faughanvale who maintain their vice-like grip on Division Three. after victory over Glack who disappointed in the second half.

Niall McGowan and Gavin Moore scored Glack’s first half points but the O’Connor’s shot themselves in the foot when a keeper James Martin McLaughlin saw the ball end up in the back of the net he went to clear the ball.

After the break, the home side produced the better football with Oisin Quinn outstanding along with partner Michael McLaughlin. Joe Gray and Kevin Martin kept the scoreboard ticking over and while Glack responded briefly through McGowan and Ryan Morgan, it was too little too late.

Faughanvale scorers: Jordan Curran (0-1), Steven King (0-2), Oisin Quinn (1-0), Michael McLaughlin (0-1); Joe Gray (0-4), Conor O’Hara (1-0), Kevin Martin (0-3).

Glack: Gavin Moore (0-1); Niall McGowan (0-3), Ryan Morgan (0-2).

Magilligan 0-12, Séan Dolan’s 0-5

The fierce driving wind that affected many games was as bad as anywhere at Magilligan and helped the hosts to a 0-7 to 0-1 half-time lead.

Playing into that uncompromising wind, the city side simply could not make any head way into the Magilligan half for the opening 30 minutes, with only one Caolan McCosker free to show for the first half.

After the break Magilligan eased off, Dolans responding with a much better second half performance.

Alan Grant, Ciaran Wilkinson and Paul Melaugh were all absent and Dolan’s certainly missed that little bit of quality.

In their absence, veteran Oran Cassidy was superb in defence for Dolans despite sending a penalty kick the wrong side of the crossbar for a point.

Kevin Nixon scored a trademark point and McCosker converted another free for Dolans. Darren Logue got the last of their scores with time running out.

Defensively Magilligan, who have yet to concede a goal this season, remained unbreached at the back again with Michael McLaughlin and Ciaran Mullan marshalling a stout St Aidan’s rearguard.

Magilligan scorers: Eoin Kelly (0-1), Connor Kelly (0-1), Conor Canning (0-1), Sean McGonigle (0-1), Conor Logue (0-8)

Sean Dolan’s scorers: Darren Logue (0-1); Brendan Douban (0-1); Caolan McCosker (0-3f), Kevin Nixon (0-1).