High flying Steelstown received a shock on home soil when they fell to a Liam Young inspired Ballymaguigan.
The visitors, led by the energetic Young, were five points in arrears at half-time and had picked up a number of injuries. The Brian Og’s looked certain to maintain their unbeaten record but the battling Loughshore men gradually reeled them in and finished a point up in a pulsating finale.
No one gave Ballymaguigan the ghost of a chance at the end of their long journey but a gutsy performance saw them get their most significant result in a long time. Maybe Steelstown thought they had it in the bag at half time but in the second half they never got going against the determined visitors who won most of the 50/50 balls.
Ballymaguigan scorers: Liam Young 1-2, Barry McGlone and Sean Brady 0-3 each, Johnny Cassidy 0-2, Padraig Martin and Johnny Crozier 0-1 each.
Steelstown scorers: Mark Foley 1-3, Oran Sweeney 0-3, Eamon Donnelly 0-3, CJ Martin and Gareth Logue 0-1 each
Last week Lissan scored 2-12 and lost. On Sunday afternoon they conceded 4-8 and won.
Led by towering full-forward Paddy Coey who popped over points from all angles the Lissan side were more clear cut winners than the final score suggests and led by 1-11 to 3-03 at the break.
Lissan had first use of the breeze and a 1-6 burst saw them in control but coming up to the interval Drumsurn hit 2-1, the goal coming from a Daryl Mullan penalty. But Drumsurn just could not handle the powerful Coey and despite a late burst of scoring they never looked like overhauling the home team.
Lissan scorers: Paddy Coey 0-10, Peter McGlone 1-2, Patrick McElroy 0-3, Ronan Laverty, Michael Quigley, Mark Muldoon and Oran Donnelly 0-1 each.
Drumsurn scorers: Daryl Mullan 2-0, Pearse McNicholl 1-5, Cahir Friel 1-2 and Anthony McLaughlin 0-1.
For the second week in succession, Ballerin got ‘hammered’ by one of the top teams. Admittedly they were minus up to half a dozen regulars but they were very poor.
Castledawson, once again strong and direct ,called the tune from start to finish. After a blank period in the opening ten minutes they found the range and led at half-time by 1-6 to nil.
Ballerin did get on the score sheet in the second half but Castledawson began to show more accuracy and pulled away .
Castledawson scorers: Aidan McElhone and Aidan Keenan 1-2 each, Ciaran O’Kane 0-4, Niall McNicholl 0-4, Conor Scullion 0-3, Adie Bradley and Declan Lavery 0-1 each.
Ballerin scorers: Gary Keane 0-3 and Paul Keane 0-1
After bagging seven goals in their previous to games Greenlough were unable to find the net against a stubborn Desertmartin defence despite always looking like winners.
Visitors Desertmartin trailed by 0-7 to 0-2 at the interval but they never made it easy for the well organised Clady men.
Greenlough scorers: Enda Lynn 0-5, Niall Loughlin, Cormac O’Neill and Brian McCallion 0-2 each, Michael Clarke and Niall Bradley 0-1 each.
Desertmartin scorers: Shane O’Neill and Dermot Breen 0-2 each and Enda McGuckin 0-1