Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 11:43 AM Galvin Early
Round three of the U16 league pitted Owen Roes with the trip to Aghyaran, and after an entertaining hour's football it was the hosts the claimed both points.
Stephen Kelly got Owen Roes on the scoreboard early, before Oisin McHugh swivelled and levelled. A pair of frees by Kelly and Liam McCay gave Owen Roes a two-point cushion after ten minutes. The impressive Patrick Devenney got his first score of the day with a well-taken score, and the same man levelled up a minute after the get parity.
Kevin Penrose finished a score that was started in deep field on the quarter hour mark. Devenney added to his total with a point before he goaled with a neat finish to give the St.Davogs a five-point advantage.
However Owen Roes struck back in style as Jason Barclay's drive ended in the top corner of Christopher Lynch's net. Cathal McShane clipped over, but Declan Carlin's point quickly cancelled this out. Good build up play by the visitors allowed Liam McCay to find range, but Aghyaran ended the half on top with a pair of scores to lead by three.
Half Time: Aghyaran 1-8 Owen Roes 1-5
Oisin McHugh got the half's opening score, but Owen Roes were starting to get on top. Three Cathal McShane scores- two from frees- tightened the contest up, but the St.Davog's broke and a fine passing move was fisted home at the back stick. The home side added a point to once more eek out a five point lead.
Nonetheless this was a gutsy Owen Roes showing, and Stephen Harper broke forward to get the score which he deserved. Aghyaran clipped over two scores to leave the gap six with nine minutes remaining. The gap could've been halved but a missed penalty cost the Leckpatrick lads.
That didn't deter Owen Roes, and they heaped the pressure on a Aghyaran rear guard that defended gamely. McShane's free brought the tie alive again, before Owen Roes struck for goal. Fergal McNulty's shot was partially blocked a good Lynch save, but sibling sub Ronan McNulty was on hand to punch home.
As the clock ticked by Jason Barclay's run was rewarded with a point, but time was to be the enemy of the visitors and Strabane whistler Sean MacIntyre ended the contest, as they pressed for a levelling score.
Team: Ryan McShane, Kevin Kelly, Stephen Harper (0-1), Charles O'Doherty, Ricky Devine (C), Damian Ferguson, Seamus Dooher, Joe Casey, Fergal McNulty, Stephen Kelly (0-2), Jason Barclay (1-1), Cathal McShane (0-5), Liam McCay (0-2). Subs: Ronan McNulty (1-0) for McCay 50 mins, Sean Dooher, Shane McNulty.