H&A Div One: Slaughtneil suffer first defeat of season

Dungiven's Conor Murphy battles to hold off Coleraine player Niall Holly during a recent league encounter at O'Cahan Park. DER1915-131KM
Dungiven's Conor Murphy battles to hold off Coleraine player Niall Holly during a recent league encounter at O'Cahan Park. DER1915-131KM
  • Newbridge register first win of season with victory over Foreglen
  • Ballinderry now only team with maximum points after six games
  • Only two points separate the bottom six clubs

Ballinderry top the table with full points from six games, two points ahead of Slaughtneil who lost for the first time this season against Magherafelt.

Banagher 2-07, Lavey 2-09

This game was played in very poor conditions, with rain and a strong, cross-field wind which both teams found difficult. Lavey took a three point lead inside four minutes, Eamon McGill and Anthony McGurk with two points - the first from a free - the men on target.

Two minutes later Shane Farren pointed a free before punishing slack Lavey defence with the opening goal in the 7th minute.

A second Banagher goal followed minutes later, Oisin McCloskey pushing forward from half-back to fire the ball to the net with a good finish for 2-01 to 0-03.

Damian Shivers pointed before, after 17 minutes, a Kevin Rafferty ball played across the square was fisted to the net by Damian Chivers to bring Lavey back into the game at 2-01 to 1-04 but Oisin McCloskey, Farren from two frees and Ciaran Lynch opened up a 2-05 to 1-04 lead by the 25th minute. Michael Drumm scored the last point of the half.

In the second half both teams enjoyed mixed periods of dominance. Both missed chances with balls dropping into keeper’s hands and wides and the game was in the melting pot right up to the final whistle.

Two minutes into the second half Paul Cartin pointed, Kevin O’Neill and Shane Farren exchanging points, O’Neill scoring a point either side of a Farren point.

Conor McGurk marked his entrance to the field with a point from play on his first touch.

A Kevin O’Neill goal in 48th minute put Lavey ahead. Niall Toner, who left the Derry panel during the week, added a point and Lavey continued to hold possession for the final 10 minutes of play to run out winners.

The Banagher scorers: Shane Farren 1-04 (3f), Oisin McCloskey 1-01, Ciaran Lynch and Paul Cartin 0-01 each

The Lavey scorers: Kevin O’Neill 1-02, Damian Shivers 1-01, Anthony McGurk 0-02 (1f), Conor McGurk, Michael Drumm, Niall Toner and Eamon McGill 0-01 each

Dungiven 0-16, Kilrea 0-07

Dungiven enjoyed an emphatic nine-point victory over Kilrea at O’Cahan Park in a game during which they spurned goal chances in both halves.

In the first half, they limited the visitors to four points through Benny Quigg (2), Jack Kielt and Paddy McNeill, Fergal McGuigan (2), Ryan McElhinney (4), Paul Murphy, Davy McLaughlin and Liam Hinphey scoring for Dungiven who lead 0-09 to 0-04 at half time.

Dungiven remained very tight at the back and limited Kilrea to three further points from Paddy McNeill (2) and Steven Johnston. Ryan McElhinney added three points to his first half tally to finish with 0-07, Darrell O’Kane (2), Kevin Boyle, James Kelly and Liam Hinphey also on target.

Dungiven scorers: Ryan McElhinney 0-07, Fergal McGuigan, Darrell O’Kane, Liam Hinphey 0-02 each, Paul Murphy, Kevin Boyle and Davy McLaughlin 0-01 each

Kilrea scorers: Paddy McNeill 0-03, Benny Quigg 0-02 Steven Johnston and Jack Kielt 0-01 each

Newbridge 2-13, Foreglen 0-12

Newbridge opened their account for the season with a seven point victory over Foreglen, the win taking them off the bottom of the table on score difference from Foreglen and Swatragh.

The home side led 0-10 to 0-07 at half-time, Peter McGrogan leading the way with six points, Michael Bateson scoring 0-02, Ryan McElhone and Ciaran Brooks scoring a point each.

Marty Farrell opened Foreglen’s account, with Kevin O’Connor landing three points, Eunan McFeely, Farrell and Caolan McFeely the other O’Brien’s scorers.

After Kevin Sweeney had extended Newbridge’s lead with a 35th minute goal, McGrogan finished off the game as a contest with the second goal five minutes from time, McGrogan and McElhone (2) getting the points in the second half.

Ciaran McFeely scored all four Foreglen points, three of them in the closing stages.

Newbridge scorers: Peter McGrogan 1-07, Kevin Sweeney 1-00, Ryan McElhone 0-03, Michael Bateson 0-02 and Ciaran Brooks 0-01

Foreglen scorers: Kevin O’Connor 0-04, Ciaran McFeely 0-04, Marty Farrell 0-02, Eunan McFeely and Caolan McFeely 0-01

Magherafelt 1-12, Slaughtneil 0-12

Slaughtneil’s unbeaten record came to an end at Rossa Park where the home side registered a three point victory.

The Rossas have parted company with their manager Seamus Doyle, although it is understood a new manager could be in place very shortly.

The sides were locked at 0-02 each in a closely contested opening 18 minutes, Kevin O’Neill scoring both Slaughtneil points.

By the 25th minute, Magherafelt had progressed to 1-04 to 0-03 ahead, Niall Higgins scoring the Rossas goal in the 23rd minute, Cormac O’Doherty getting the third Emmet’s point.

By half time Magherafelt had a comfortable five points cushion, Shane Heavron and Shea Murphy among the scorers as Sé McGuigan and Padrig Kelly, from a free, pointed for Slaughtneil who trailed 1-07 to 0-05.

Midway through the second half the lead was still substantial at 1-11 to 0-08 and although Kevin O’Neill scored 0-05 (3f), Gerald Bradley and Cormac O’Doherty 0-01 each, Slaughtneil were unable to close the gap as Shane Heavron finished with 0-04 and Shea Murphy 0-03.

Magherafelt scorers; Niall Higgins 1-01, Shane Heavron 0-04, Shea Murphy 0-03, Anton McElhone 0-02, Aidan Ker and Jarred Monaghan 0-01 each

Slaughtneil scorers: Kevin O’Neill 0-07 (3f), Cormac O’Doherty 0-02, Gerald Bradley, Sé McGuigan and Padrig Kelly free 0-01 each

Ballinascreen 4-16, Swatragh 0-05

A hugely depleted Swatragh side travelled more in hope than expectation to Dean McGlinchey Park where their worst fears were realised.

They trailed 2-07 to no score at half-time, Shane Mulgrew putting the home side ahead in the first minute with a goal.

He finished the half with a goal from the penalty spot, Swatragh’s woes compounded when Ryan Dillon was sent off on a second yellow card.

In between the two Mulgrew goals, Ballinascreen had points from Brendan Heron, Phillip Bradley, Shane Mulgrew free, Michael Doyle, Gary Conway, Phillip Bradley, with Emmet McKillion pointing after the Mulgrew goal.

In the second half it was more of the same, Brendan Herron, Phillip Bradley and John Scullion bringing the Ballinascreen Tally to 2-10 before Swatragh hit three points on the bounce.

Ronan Devlin pointed and Mickey McBride came on as a substitute and scored a goal, Dermot Scullion getting the fourth goal 12 minutes from time. Heron, Doyle (2), Bradley and Carlos McWilliams completed the scoring, Paul McAtamney getting three of Swatragh’s five second half points. In the final minute Liam Kearney received a straight red card.

Ballinascreen scorers: Shane Mulgrew 2-01 (1pen, 1f), Dermot Scullion and Mickey McBride 1-0 each, Brendan Herron, Michael Doyle and Phillip Bradley 0-03 each, John Scullion, Emmett McKillion, Gary Conway, Ronan Devlin, Paul Burns and Carlus McWilliams 0-01 each

Swatragh scorers: Paul McAtamney 0-03, Brian Diamond and Sean McNicholl 0-01 each

Bellaghy 2-15, Glenullin 1-07

Bellaghy scored as comprehensive 11-point victory over Glenullin, a first half goal from Peter Cassidy putting them on the way to a first half 1-07 total, with Eoghan Brown (2), Declan Graffin (2), Dominic McFaul, Christopher McAfee and Frankie Donnelly getting the points.

Eoghan Brown added four points in the second half for a tally of 0-06, with Peter Cassidy and Frankie Donnelly each scoring 0-02.

The Bellaghy scorers were Eoghan Brown 0-06 Peter Cassidy 1-02, Dominic McFaul 1-01, Frankie Donnelly 0-03, Declan Graffin 0-02 and Christopher McAfee 0-01

Loup 4-06, Coleraine 0-08

Anthony O’Neill and Jason Rocks shared the opening two points but Loup soon took control when Ciaran Devlin played a high ball to the goalmouth and Ronan Devlin rose highest to outjump Ciaran Mullan and Ryan McGeough and fist the ball to the net for 1-01 to 0-03,

By the 17th minute, Brian Doyle and Anthony O’Neill had extended the Loup lead to 1-03 to 0-03, Glen Martin scoring the only point of the last 13 minutes to take the home side to a 1-04 to 0-03 interval lead.

A minute into the second half, Loup scored their second goal, another high ball, this time from Anthony O’Neill, was met by the fist of Ronan Devlin again and Loup were 2-04 to 0-03 ahead.

Within 13 minutes of the restart Loup were 4-6 to 0-04 ahead, Declan Mullan scored the solitary Coleraine point, Ciaran Devlin and Jason Rocks getting the Loup minors, Roddy O’Kane in the 37th minute and Jason Rocks 0n the 43rd minutes fisting to the net from crosses to the goalmouth.

It was game over but final quarter points from Barry McGoldrick free, Stephen Coyles, Colm McGoldrick free and Conor Carey put a better look on the scoreboard.

Loup scorers: Ronan Devlin (2-00), Jason Rocks (1-01), Roddy O’Kane (1-0), Anthony O’Neil (0-2, 1f), Ciaran Devlin, Brian Doyle, Glen Martin (0-1 each).

Coleraine scorers: Barry McGoldrick (0-3f), Declan Mullan (0-2), Colm McGoldrick (0-1f), Stephen Coyles (0-01), Conor Carey (0-01).