Monday, 22 July 2019 at 03:41 AM Joe Hegarty
Owen Roe’s adult football campaign got up and running in the impressive surroundings of Loughmacrory as the Reserve footballers of both sides went head to head. It was the home side that eventually emerged victorious over the hour by the narrowest of margins.
Owen Roe’s season got off to the best possible start when they opened the scoring with a 5th minute major. Ruairi Boylan and Conor Mc Cay linked well to feed the in rushing Paul Devine who laced to the net.
If the visitors thought it was to be an easy afternoon that notion was quickly dispelled as the home side worked their way steadily back into the game and by the time the game had reached the quarter hour mark, they had rattled up seven scores in a row to take the lead.
The away side would regroup and with Davy Harte, Connor Devine and Oran Roddy getting to grips with the middle sector of the pitch and Barry Mc Daid influential at the back they wrestled back control.
Conor Mc Cay tapped over a free to reduce the gap but once more Loughmacrory went up the other end to clip over. Mc Cay found range again from a placed ball before his side worked a 2nd goal.
Harte, and the Mc Brides of Eamon and Sean combined with the latter’s high ball causing problems. Mc Cay was first to react to the scramble to dispatch to the net.
If that was good for Owen Roe’s, things got even better just before the break when Damian Mc Crossan clipped over to send his side one point to the good going into the break.
Half Time: Loughmacrory 0-8 to 2-3
Sean Dooher came off the bench at the break and within a few seconds had clipped over, with Paul Devine adding a well taken point shortly after.
However Loughmacrory once more started to dominate and a second fruitful spell of five points in a row- three courtesy of placed kicks put them back in front. Indeed the hosts came close to a major but Davy Harte’s stunning block denied them.
However goals would keep Owen Roe’s in with a shout and their third of the afternoon from Eamon Mc Bride nudged them ahead again.
The Lough though were not be denied and a pair of late scores ensured that it was they that took the first pair of ACL points of 2019.
Owen Roe’s: Sean Mór Devine, Rory Devine, Barry Mc Daid, Rory Kelly, Sean Mc Bride, Davy Harte, Damian Mc Crossan (0-1), Connor Devine, Clarke Stephenson, Eamon Mc Bride (1-0), Ruairi Boylan, Paul Devine (1-1), Eoghain Devine, Conor Mc Cay (1-2), Oran Roddy.
Subs: Sean Dooher (0-1) for Mc Crossan (30 mins), Pearse Devine for Eoghain Devine (42 mins), Peter Kirk for Paul Devine (44 mins).