Séan Dolan’s 3-05
THE topsy-turvy world of Division Three football carried on as Dolan’s beat Glack to ensure that four teams reach the league’s midway point level on ten points at the top.
Glack were left to rue a succession of missed chances in the first half, hitting the bar twice and seeing a Shane O’Connor effort brilliantly turned away by Dave McGilloway, who has impressed in goals for the city boys.
He couldn’t keep out an earlier effort from the Glack full-forward, but in a low-scoring first half, an Anthony Rabbett goal just before half-time left it 1-01 apiece at the break.
Mark Loughery and Jason Canning exchanged goals in the early part of the second half as the game stayed tight, and it was a Ryan O’Kane foul towards the end that gave Sammy Robinson the chance to net the penalty that secured the victory for Dolan’s.
Séan Dolan’s scorers: Mark Cooke (0-01), Sammy Robinson (1-01, 1pen), Anthony Rabbett (1-01), Caolan McCosker (0-01), Mark Loughery (1-01)
Glack: Jason Harrison (0-02), Ryan Morgan (0-02), Shane O’Connor (1-00), Niall McGowan (0-01), Jason Canning (1-00)
Magherafelt Thirds 0-10
DANNY McNeill’s second penalty save of the season, albeit from a very poorly struck Cahair O’Kane effort, secured a fourth straight win for Magherafelt Thirds. It also condemned their hosts to a fourth straight defeat as they were made pay the price for the low save down to his right by McNeill midway through the first half.
That came when the visitors, who had hit the first three scores of the game, were just starting to lose their way, with scores from Rory and Ryan O’Reilly bringing Drum back to within a point.
In the 20 minutes after the spot-kick, the Rossas hit six points on the bounce and they would have been further in front were it not for the solidity and excellence of Eunan O’Hara in the Drum goal.
Drum had serious trouble making the ball stick in the full-forward line, but they started to get some joy running from deep and pulled a 0-10 to 0-04 deficit back to just three points in the dying minutes, but they couldn’t find the goal that would have seen them share the spoils.
Drum scorers: Ryan O’Hara (0-02); Rory O’Reilly (0-03, 0-01f), Kevin O’Reilly (0-01), Ryan O’Reilly (0-01).
Magherafelt scorers: Gerard McKay (0-01); Thomas Niblock (0-02), Andrew Campbell (0-01), Nigel Dillon (0-05f),
Doire Colmcille 1-03
THE processionary weekly defeat for Doire Colmcille came this week at the end of a game they’d started with just 14 players.
The city side are really struggling to get a team out every week but you can have nothing but admiration for the players who turn up week in, week out. They struggled to get enough men to field on Sunday afternoon and by the time their 15th man arrived after 10 minutes, they were already half beaten.
Chris Duddy’s dropping short fell perfectly for Chris Gormley to fist into the net in the second attack of the game, after Al McLaughlin had landed an early point for the home side.
By the interval, sloppiness had begun to creep up on Ardmore but they still led by 1-11 to 0-01. Further goals from William ‘Al’ McLaughlin and Chris Duddy in the second half eased Ardmore to a win in which Gerard Storey scored a rare point and regular ‘keeper Eoin Mailey played the last five minutes at centre half back.
Ardmore scorers: Barry Gavin (0-01); Peter McLaughlin (0-02); Richie McGrotty (0-01), Gerard Storey (0-01); Chris Gormley (1-00), James Cruickshank (0-01), Barry Gormley (0-04); William ‘Al’ McLaughlin (1-03), Chris Duddy (1-02), Cahir O’Kane (0-01)
Kevin Hardtop (0-02).
Doire Colmcille: Stephen Kelly (1-00), John Devine (0-03)