Doire Colmcille 2-7
Magherafelt Thirds 2-7
DOIRE Colmcille threw away a six-point half-time lead as Magherafelt Thirds came back to deny their hosts what would have been a first league win in five years.
An early goal from Willie O’Donnell and a scrambled Aodhan Irwin effort ensured Colmcille led by 2-4 to 0-4 at the break but it could have been even better had Danny McNeill not got down to his left to turn Dee Watson’s penalty away. Ciaran Higgins caused endless bother for the home defence though, and he finished with all but a point of his side’s 2-7.
His second goal came from the penalty spot, with Ryan Devine’s hand to the ball just not enough to keep it out. He spearheaded their recovery and with the other point from player-manager Seamus Quinn, the Rossas salvaged a draw.
Doire Colmcille: Ryan Devine; Ryan Loughran, Mickey Nash, Malachy Campbell; Willie O’Donnell (1-0), Eamon O’Neill, Matthew McDermott; Declan McErlain, Aodhan Campbell (0-1); Aodhan Irwin (1-0), Dee Watson (0-2), Sean Nangle; John Devine (0-2), Dean Curran, Andy Quigley (0-2).
Bellaghy Thirds 3-13
THREE goals in the opening quarter were enough to see Bellaghy Thirds over the finishing line despite a second half resurgence from Drum.
The hosts started strongly and, with Drum abandoning the sweeper policy, the Tones were able to cut right through the heart of the visitors’ defence. Two superb close range finishes by Seamus Scullion and Tommy McPeake, and a fisted effort by Dee McCartney left Brendan McGoldrick’s side in a strong position after 15 minutes.
Drum managed to lift themselves off the canvas and a few nicely taken Conor O’Reilly points left eight in it at the break, 3-6 to 0-7.
Drum took complete control after the break and with Ryan O’Reilly superb on the frees and Seamus O’Kane kicking three lovely scores, they brought themselves back to within a goal six minutes from time. But just the right time as a couple of scores from Karl McCallion edged Bellaghy to victory.