Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 12:05 PM Joe Hegarty
With a narrow loss for the Leckpatrick side last week in Kildress and Strabane eking out a draw against Loughmacrory, 2 points for either side in this Senior teams’ clash was vital. It was Strabane however who made the early impact from a pointed free with the hosts posting 5 wides within the first 7 minutes. The Roe’s could have an early bonus however when Ronan Mc Nulty nipped in and drove low and hard but his shot went across the goal mouth and wide. Mc Nulty however soon made amends when he spotted the incoming Brendan Boggs who finally got his men on the scoreboard, 10 minutes in. Strabane pointed again but Conor O’Neill levelled from a free before Andy Devine in the Leckpatrick nets pulled off a fine save on 25 minutes. Boggs picked off another point but Strabane were able to level affairs just before the half-time whistle with a free from Danny Mc Bride, leaving it 3 points apiece.
If the first half was a tight game, the second half was to prove otherwise. Points for Cathal Mc Shane, Ryan Mc Aleer and Mc Nulty saw the home side stretch into a lead before a rasper of a goal from Tony Devine saw the Roe’s finally put the pressure on the visitors. Indeed the lead could have been made wider had Cathal Mc Shane’s penalty not been saved! Mc Shane made amends a few minutes later with a pointed free and it was he who then set up Seamus Dooher for another point. Mc Shane pointed again and the game finished with a another point from his brother Gerard.
Full-time: Owen Roe’s 1-10 Strabane 0-03
Owen Roe’s: Andy Devine, Aidan Christy, Stephen Kelly, Gerard Devine, Sean Dooher, Brendan Boggs (0-02), Gerard Mc Shane (0-01), Seamus Dooher (0-01), Tony Devine (1-00), Ryan Mc Aleer (0-01), Conor O’Neill (0-01 from free), Michael Dooher, Ronan Mc Nulty (0-01), Cathal Mc Shane (0-03, 0-01 from free), Conal Mc Cormick.
Subs: Ryan Mc Shane for Michael Dooher, Conor Donaghey for Conal Mc Cormick, Stephen Harper for Conor O’Neill.