Monday, 22 July 2019 at 03:41 AM Joe Hegarty
Cookstown Reserves brought their unbeaten start to 2019 to sun
kissed Pairc an Ghleanna but ran out the wrong side of the result thanks to a
top notch performance from the Leckpatrick lads. The home side had a number of
absentees for this encounter but the deputies proved more than able on a day
when every member of the panel showed their worth.
Cookstown grabbed the game’s first score but good work from Peter Kirk saw Ricki Devine level. Conor Devine grabbed a pair of scores either side of a Cookstown point with Eamon McBride also on the double to stretch the Roe’s advantage.
Kirk was in the action again on the 15 minute mark as he climbed highest to brilliantly fist the ball over the bar but Cookstown’s riposte was quick as within 60 seconds they had a goal of their own.
Nonetheless Owen Roe’s were savouring the battle and struck back with their own major. Once more Peter Kirk soared highest to thump the ball past the Cookstown stopper for a major.
The Father Rocks pocketed a free but the Roe’s were making light work of the difficult conditions as they added further scores from sub Pearse Devine, Paul Devine, Ricki Devine, and Sean Mc Bride. Cookstown had a late free but Con Tinney’s placed kick cancelled that out.
Marty O’Neill was having an industrious afternoon for the hosts and he was rewarded with a well taken goal on the resumption to deflate much of Cookstown’s comeback aspirations. The half forward weaved through the challenges, linking up well with Eamon Mc Bride before placing the ball to the net.
Cookstown grabbed the next two scores to show their fight before Gerard Devine replied for the home side. The game was firmly put to bed from the kick out as Eamon Mc Bride grabbed Owen Roe’s third goal of the afternoon.
A Cookstown free was cancelled out by a Marty O’Neill free with 10 minutes remaining. Conor Devine tagged on a pair of late scores for Owen Roe’s as the hosts kept going to the end. Devine’s first score the result of great work in the deep by experienced campaigner Chris Kelly, and the latter thanks to some superb link up play with Stephen Boyle who rolled back the years.
The away side grabbed a late consolation goal as they peppered Shaun Devine’s goal but this was Owen Roe’s day as every player put on a battling display to seal two well-earned points.
Owen Roe’s: Shaun Mór Devine, Ruairi Kelly, Barry McDaid, Rory Devine, Conn Tinney (0-1), Gerard Devine (0-1), Davy Harte, Sean McBride (0-1), Conor Devine (0-4), Paul Devine (0-1), Eamon Mc Bride (1-2), Marty O’Neill (1-1), Ryan Ricki Devine (0-2), Peter Kirk (1-1), Oran Roddy.
Subs: Pearse Devine (0-1) for Harte (16 mins), Eunan Hegarty for Pearse Devine (29 mins), Chris Kelly for Kirk (46 mins), Stephen Boyle for Conor Devine (55 mins)