Monday, 18 February 2019 at 11:19 AM Joe Hegarty
Moortown made the long trip to Glenmornan on Saturday evening past and, in a game where both sides had spells of dominance, took a pair of ACL Reserve points back up the road.
The visitors were first on the board, but Owen Roe’s responded via a Ronan Parker free and a Marty O’Neill point. Three points in a row from Moortown nudged them back ahead and despite another Parker dead ball, a couple of further scores from St Malachys took them into the break three ahead.
Ruairi Boylan came off the bench at half time and within 30 seconds had split the sticks. Owen Roe’s moved ahead shortly after as Oisin Dooher raced through to leather the ball to the net.
Sixty seconds later and Roe’s stretched their lead with a second goal, Peter O’Flaherty, Conor Devine and Eamon McBride were involved in the build up with Parker the man on target.
Moortown clipped over 4 points in a five minute spell to stem the tide with Sean McBride the sole Owen Roe’s riposte in that time.
Midway through the half the Loughshore side tightened their grip on proceedings with a goal of their own. Parker added to his tally but the away side rattled off five points to wrestle control back.
Credit to the hosts though as they didn’t give up the ghost and rallied late on. Liam McCay came off the bench and found the net with an accomplished finish. Moortown crucially grabbed the next two scores.
Parker from play and a free narrowed the gap to a goal, and despite a late Connor Devine point, the away side couldn’t work the opening that would’ve gave them reward for their efforts.
Owen Roe’s: Sean Mór Devine, Rory Devine, Kevin O’Neill, Paul Devine, Timothy O’Doherty, Sean McBride (0-1), Peter O’Flaherty, Connor Devine (0-1), Niall McAleer, Davy Harte, Oisin Dooher (1-0), Marty O’Neill (0-1), Oran Roddy, Ronan Parker (1-5), Art Anderson.
Subs: Barry McDaid for McAleer (29 mins), Eamon McBride for Roddy (30 mins), Ruairi Boylan (0-1) for Anderson (30 mins), Rory Kelly for O’Doherty (45 mins), Liam McCay (1-0) for Dooher (45 mins), Conor Doherty for Paul Devine (49 mins)