Friday, 20 September 2019 at 05:25 PM Joe Hegarty
The Owen Roe’s Senior team also travelled to Strabane on Sunday and hoped to follow up on their Reserves’ win in a similar fashion.
As in the curtain raiser, it was Strabane who raised a white flag first, a point from Haydyn Mc Namee, the opening shot of what was to be tight battle.
Brendan Boggs levelled for the visitors before Ruairi Mc Elroy and Conor O’Neill traded points, O’Neill’s a well struck 45.
Then, Owen Roe’s hit a productive spell; O’Neill was fouled out on the 45 and repeated his previous effort from the resulting free, followed by points from Tony Devine, Ryan Mc Shane and Conal Mc Cormack.
Leckpatrick goalkeeper Andy Devine made a number of timely saves to keep the visitors in front as Strabane tried to get a foot hold in the game. In a to-and-fro first half scores were scarce to come by with the strong breeze blowing down the pitch, some poor finishing and both teams not wanting to yield possession too easily but it was Strabane who finished the half as they started with a pointed free from Mc Namee, leaving it 0-03 to 0-06 in favour of Owen Roe’s.
Two early second half points form Sean Dooher and Stephen Harper may have led to the impression the Leckpatrick outfit might be having things their own way, but a point from Mc Elroy got Strabane back in it, indeed only for a sharp save from Devine to deny Mark Roarty a goal, the game could have been up for grabs by either side. Tony Devine rose highest to palm the resulting 45 over the bar, giving Strabane goalkeeper, Tom Mc Dermott, his first of the day and the hosts their second on the trot.
Strabane were relentless and a good block on the line by Stephen Kelly denied them the 3 pointer they were after, conceding a 45. Again, Mc Dermott stepped up and easily put over the 45, to put 2 points between the sides.
Sensing the danger, the Roe’s steadied themselves with 2 points from Seamus Dooher and Mc Cormack before Dooher pounced to grab a goal. The Roe’s turned over a clearance from the Strabane rearguard, and, with some good combination play between Ryan Mc Shane and Mc Cormack, neatly set up Dooher to find the net. Tony Devine further stretched the cushion to 8 points, with time ticking away for the hosts.
Strabane still pushed up on their visitors scoring zone. A high ball floated in to the Roe’s square but again Kelly cleared the threat and Mc Dermott clipped over the 45 for a point before Strabane full-forward, Marty Mongan, grabbed a goal for the Sigerson’s side deep into injury time. Full-time: Strabane 1-07 Owen Roe’s 1-11.
Next up it’s a home game for both the Owen Roe’s teams on Sunday week when Pomeroy are visitors to Páirc an Ghleanna.
Finally, well done to the Strabane and Owen Roe’s U-8 teams who played a friendly at half-time in the Senior match. A word of thanks to Strabane for inviting the Owen Roe’s U-8s along for a friendly at half-time during the Senior game and to our coaches for helping out.
Owen Roe’s: Andy Devine, Peter O’Flaherty, Stephen Kelly, Gerard Devine, Sean Dooher, Brendan Boggs, Gerard Mc Shane, Seamus Dooher, Tony Devine, Conor O’Neill, Ryan Mc Shane, Conall Mc Cormack, Ronan Mc Nulty, Niall Mc Aleer, Stephen Harper.
Subs: Damien Mc Crossan for Niall Mc Aleer, Conn Tinney for Ronan Mc Nulty, Ryan “Ricki” Devine for Ryan Mc Shane, Michael Dooher for Stephen Harper.