Monday, 18 February 2019 at 12:49 AM Joe Hegarty
Owen Roe’s and Cookstown fought out the proverbial game of two halves on Saturday evening in Round 11 of the Tyrone ACL. The away side were well on top in the first half, but the east Tyrone side clawed back a 7 point gap to share the spoils.
Cookstown could've been off to a flyer when they had a big goal chance on 30 seconds, however Andy Devine did well to save, with Conor O'Neill stroking over a free shortly after to send the Leckpatrick side into the lead.
Raymond Mulgrew replied for Cookstown before Owen Roe’s had a goal chance of their own as Tony Devine's run and shot looked goal-bound before being blocked down.
However Devine and co were starting to find their rhythm. The resulting 45 was worked for Ryan McAleer to point, with the same player clipping over from the angle on the 15 minute mark.
Ronan McNulty split the sticks from an angled drive before the onsong Leckaptrick lads struck for their first goal. A high ball was batted clear but McNulty reacted sharpest to drive to the bottom corner.
Well taken points from O'Neill and Tony Devine stretched the Roe’s lead as the away side zipped forward with purpose.
Late on, a James McGahan free and a booming score from Conor Mullan gave the Father Rocks a chink of light at the end of the half.
Cookstown started the second half as they ended the first as McGahan struck twice in the first two minutes- one from a free.
However the O'Neill’s got a foothold again and with 10 minutes elapsed struck for a second major. Once again McNulty was involved as he was upended in the box allowing O'Neill to score the resulting penalty with conviction.
McGahan replied with a dead ball before the same man gave Cookstown a lifeline also from the spot sending Andy Devine the wrong way.
The visitors were defending manfully but Cookstown, who had come into this game with 4 runs on the trot, were pushing to get a return from the game and McGahan clipped over two dead balls late on in the game to leave just the one point the gap.
In added time the former Tyrone underage player was afforded one last opportunity which sailed between the sticks to end the contest and leave both teams having to settle for a point each.
Owen Roe’s: Andy Devine, Conor Donaghey, Aidan Christy, Gerard Devine, Sean Dooher, Brendan Boggs, Sean Dooher, Tony Devine (0-1), Stephen Kelly, Conor O'Neill (1-2), Ryan McAleer (0-2), Ronan McNulty (1-1), Stephen Harper, Oisin Dooher, Conall McCormick.
Subs: Ryan Devine for McCormick (56 mins)