Four points adrift going into the final minutes Claudy staged a remarkable comeback to shock previously unbeaten Castledawson, the victory powering the Mitchel’s into second place behind unbeaten Greenlough who look like walking away with the honours in this division. Steelstown are also likely to be in the shakeup come the end of the season as will Castledawson and possibly Craigbane. Moneymore and Limavady are deep in the relegation zone, pointless after five games, Lissan on three points, Ballerin and Desertmartin and Slaughtmanus on four points.
Doire Trasna 2-13, Limavady 1-08
The eight point winning margin was somewhat flattering for Trasna who led 1-7 to 1-5 at half time. In the closing stages there as just two points between the teams when Colin Murray got the Doire Trasna goal.
Limavady are slowly improving but as yet are without a win. This victory puts Doire Trasna on six points from five games and leaves them in a comfortable mid-table position. The accuracy of Mark McGroarty from frees kept the young Wolfhounds team in touch but not for the first time this season they faded in the run in.
Doire Trasna scorers: Mickey Kelly and Colin Murray 1-3 each. Cormac Carlin and Michael McNaught 0-3 each and Neil Callan 0-1.
Limavady scorers: Mark McGroarty 0-5, Conor McGregor 1-0, Cormac Quigey 0-2 and Callum Cartin 0-1.
Lissan 2-07, Craigbane 2-10
A good contest in heavy conditions at Tullynure saw Craigbane come from behind for a hard earned three point win. Lissan, with a Stephen McCrory goal, led at half-time by 1-4 to 0-6. In the second half Bliain Gormley and the ultra experienced Gavin Conwell came out on top at midfield and supplied accurate full-forward Lee Moore with plenty of the ball which he put to good use.
Despite the defeat, it was a decent performance from the Lissan team who are playing better then their points total shows. Craigbane look like a team that is keeping their powder dry for the championship.
Lissan scorers: Stephen McCrory 1-1, Noel Conway 1-0, Paddy Coey and Ronan Laverty 0-2 each and Niall Murray 0-1.
Craigbane scorers: Lee Moore 1-5, Gavin Conwell 0-4, Ryan Moore 1-0 and Ryan Moore 0-1
Greenlough 3-12, Slaughtmanus 0-02
This game went very much as expected with Greenlough keeping their unbeaten record with a facile win over a badly depleted Slaughtmanus. The game was over at half-time. Greenlough played into the wind and rain which disappeared for the second half and led by 1-5 to 0-1, the goal coming from Enda Lynn.
It was one way traffic in the second half with Slaughtmanus just adding one further point and Greenlough tagging on 2-7 with the goals coming from Niall Loughlin and Conor Madden who has been making quite an impression this season.
Greenlough scorers Enda Lynn 1-5, Niall Loughlin 1-3, Conor Madden 1-0, Brian McCallion and Fintan Kelly 0-2 each.
Slaughtmanus scorers Lee Toland and Ryan Barr 0-1 each.
Drumsurn 1-07, Ballymaguigan 0-08
After looking comfortable at half-time Drumsurn had to pull out all the stops to hold off Ballymaguigan in the second half. It was Ciaran Mullan’s first half goal that proved to be the winning score. At the interval Drumsurn looked comfortable with a 1-5 to 0-3 lead but for long periods of the second half Ballymaguigan were pressing.
It was a good competitive game with the swirling wind making scoring difficult but in the end it was a good win for Drumsurn who now have six points from five games.
Drumsurn scorers: Ciaran Mullan 1-1, Pearse McNickle 0-3, Cathaoir Friel, Harry Foster and Christopher Harbinson 0-1 each.
Ballymaguigan scorers: Liam Young 0-2, Sean Brady, Stephen Crozier, Johnny Cassidy, Thomas Kealey, Darren Conway and Liam Cassidy 0-1 each.
Moneymore 2-09, Desertmartin 2-10
Just five days after their dismal away performance against Ballerin a revitalised Moneymore came within an ace of shocking near neighbours Desertmartin in a lively contest. Moneymore really should have won the game but were undone by late goals from Gregory McGovern and Adie McGuigan. At that stage Moneymore had looked like getting their first points of the campaign but that late lapse was to prove costly.
A Patrick Feeney goal gave Moneymore a 1-6 to 0-6 interval lead. When Jack Barton got their second major in the second half it looked good for Eugene young’s men. However Dersertmartin are not a team to fold easily especially against the local rivals and they took a grip in the final quarter with those priceless goals earning them a second league win.
Moneymore scorers: Patrick Feeney 1-2, Jack Barton 1-1, Adrain Gavin 0-3, Paudie O’Neill 0-2, Stephen McGurk 0-1.
Desertmartin scorers: Gregory McGovern 1-2, Adie McGuigan 1-0, Enda McGuckin and Dermot McGuigan 0-2 each, Dermot Breen, Declan Murray, Mark Morcan and Paddy McCann 0-1 each.