Youthful Dolan’s lose out but Drum cruise past Colmcille
Doire Colmcille 0-01
DRUM recorded their first win in seven attempts as a poor Doire Colmcille side were put to the sword. First half goals from Rory O’Reilly, who finished with 3-06, and Conor O’Kane left Drum 2-09 to 0-01 ahead at the interval, with Declan McErlain getting Colmcille’s only score of the game. O’Kane’s goal came in his three minutes on the pitch, having been brought on and then having to go off again three minutes later because of a work call.
Colmcille are struggling with injuries with John Devine, Ronan Cassidy, and Emmett McBride all missing with hamstring, knee, and thumb injuries respectively. Goalkeeper Ryan Devine wasn’t available due to work commitments and with Mark Chambers running late, Seamus McGilloway had to put together a makeshift side.
The first three scores of the second half were Drum goals with Rory O’Reilly netting in between two Cahair O’Kane strikes, the second of which came from the penalty spot. O’Reilly completed his hat-trick while his cousin Conor marked his comeback with seven points from play as Drum cruised to the most comfortable of victories.
Drum: Eunan O’Hara; Eoin McCloskey, Liam Millar, Daire Hogan; Niall Ferris (0-01), Donal Brolly, Alex Moore (0-01); James McCartney, Marc McLaughlin (0-01); Conor O’Reilly (0-07), Kevin O’Reilly (0-01), Cahair O’Kane (2-01, 1-00pen); Seamus O’Kane, Rory O’Reilly (3-06, 0-04f), Eugene McCartney. Subs: Conor O’Kane (1-00) for S O’Kane, Cathal Brolly for Conor O’Kane
Doire Colmcille: David Kerry; Christy Gillespie, Robby Doherty, Mickey Molloy; Willie O’Donnell, Declan McErlaine (0-01), Mickey Nash; Paul O’Donnell, Brendan Hill; Aidan Irwin, James Gillespie, Sean Devlin; Declan Harley, Andrew Sweeney, Andy Quigley. Subs: Mark Chambers for B Hill, Conor McIlveen for S Devlin
Magherafelt Third 1-17
Séan Dolan’s 1-07
NIGEL Dillon maintained his unstoppable scoring form when he amassed seven from play when Dolan’s came to town on Saturday evening.
Travelling with a weakened team, the city side failed to threaten in this top of the table clash as their would-be defensive system saw them penned in their own half as Magherafelt ran up a 0-09 to 0-03 half time lead.
With Fergal Rafferty missing in action, Aaron Ferson was called upon to fill the midfield void and his athletic nature aptly deputised as he overran a Dolan’s side minus Derry hurler Alan Grant. Young Ferson went on to hit 1-03 from play after Dillon sent him trough on goal, the would-be midfielder striking the top corner emphatically.
Only a late Dolan’s goal when a long ball was pumped to the edge of the square and met by the fist of big Anthony Rabbett could act as a consolation as they were comfortably put to the sword at Rossa Park
Magherafelt Thirds: Danny McNeill; Paul Brown, Gareth Cassidy, Aodhan McGuckin; Ciaran Moore, Eamonn Kennedy, Gerard McKay (0-01); Robert O’Kane, Aaron Ferson (1-03); Sean Ludlow, Adrian McGuckin (0-02), Chris McGuckin; Seamus Quinn, Nigel Dillon (0-09, 0-02f), Ciaran Higgins (0-02). Subs: Oisin Moran for C Moore, Andrew Campbell for P Brown, Darren O’Hagan for S Ludlow, Darren Quinn for C Higgins
Séan Dolan’s: Dave McGilloway; Caoimhinn McChrystal, Joe Edgar (0-01), Dean McFadden; Mark Cooke, Mark Loughery, Gary Fisher; Anthony Rabbet (1-03, 0-02f), Ryan Deery (0-01); Sean O’Rourke, Sammy Robinson, Cailean McCosker (0-02); Eoin Cassidy, Billy Dobbins, Gary McDermott. Subs: Sean McCauley for S Robinson, Dermot Logue for D McFadden
THE revolution continues.
How far can this Glack side go? Aaron O’Connor’s side recorded their seventh win of the season as they brushed aside Magilligan to extend their lead in the promotion race to three points.
With Ryan O’Kane, Ryan Morgan, Ciaran McIntyre, and Jimmy O’Connor all missing through injury and Barry Kerr and Jason Harrison forced off through injury in the first half, the away side still didn’t so much as hiccup as they raised a green flag with their first attack. After a superb Cathal McLaughlin save originally denied the visitors, Oisin King was at hand to rattle home the rebound and put his side into a lead they would never relinquish.
Indeed, if it wasn’t for a late goal by Magilligan’s Eoin Canning, this scoreline could’ve been much less flattering for the north coast men.
With numbers soaring at training, managing without their key personnel and with Liam O’Brien still to recover from injury, the Glack camp look finally prepared to step back into intermediate football and, on this form, it is hard to write them off.
Magilligan: Cathal McLaughlin; Ciaran Mullan, Paddy Gaile, Mickey McLaughlin; Sean McGonigle, Brian Canning, Colm McLaughlin; Eoin Kelly (0-02), Ciaran O’Hare; Eoin Canning (1-02), Barry Mullan, Lee Gaile; Ryan Gaile, Conor Canning, Brian Butcher
Subs: Johnny Guiler for Colm McLaughlin, Mickey Doherty for Paddy Gaile
Glack: James McLaughlin; Dave Quigley, Barry Kerr, Ronan O’Kane; Tommy O’Kane, Eddie McLaughlin, Ciaran Carmichael; Conan Feeney, Neil Black; Jason Harrison, Niall McGowan (0-03), Jason Canning (0-05); Oisin King (1-00), Shane O’Connor (0-01), Mark Moore. Subs: Sean McNicholl for B Kerr, Shane Toner (0-01) for J Harrison, Evan King for S McNicholl, Kyle Logue for C Carmichael, Joe O’Hara (0-01) for R O’Kane
Bellaghy Thirds 4-11
TWO late, late goals from the home side were enough for the Wolfe Tones to record an impressive victory over a promotion-chasing Ardmore side.
Ardmore, who were being dominated in the middle of the field by the twin towers of Aidy Diamond and Paul Scullion, made a game of this ding-dong encounter and were level with five minutes on the clock. Barry Gormley was his usual deadly self from the dead ball and, when they attacked, Peter McLaughlin and James Cruickshank were central to everything.
It was Ronan Rocks and Paul Scullion who hit the first of Bellaghy’s four goals before half time and, late in the game, it was Rocks again who joined McPeake as the deadly duo both found the net to kill off the threat of Ardmore and deliver a third straight victory for Bellaghy.
Bellaghy: Paddy Mackle; Niall Scullion, Manus Óg McShane, Noel Doyle; Dermot McErlean, Seamus Scullion (0-01), Stephen Scullion; Aidy Diamond, Paul Scullion (1-00); Tommy McPeake, Ronan Rocks (2-06), Chris Brady (0-02); Louis McPeake (1-02), Paul Gormley, Chris Glackin. Subs: Nigel McLaughlin for C Glackin, Chris Kearns for T McPeake, Ryan McQuade for L McPeake
Ardmore: Eoin Mailey; Karl McLaughlin, Anthony Hargan, Gary King; Gerard Quinn, Peter McLaughlin (0-01), Leonard Quinn; Barry Gavin, Richie McGrotty; Barry Gormley (0-05, 0-03f), James Cruickshank, Eddie Bell (0-01); Kevin Hartop, Al McLaughlin (1-05, 0-03f), Cahir O’Kane. Subs: Chris Gormley for K Hardtop