Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 01:22 AM Galvin Early
The U13s of Owen Roes and Newtownstewart fought out an entertaining encounter under lights in Strabane in this U13 clash. Both sides had already reached the last four, so this game was essentially to earn home advantage in that clash.
The O'Neills started brightest and Michael Dooher slotted over. The St.Eugene's replied, but Dooher found the net on seven minutes to offer the Leckpatrick side a platform to build. However Newtown fought back well. An excellent score on 10 minutes reduced the lead, and within sixty seconds the lead was eradicated as the visitors found a goal of their own.
At this stage Owen Roes were struggling for fluency in the offensive sectors, and were guilty of several wides. Newtown meanwhile were being much more efficient with their scoring, and tagged on a further 1-1. Sean Kelly had a fisted goal disallowed for a square ball, before the same player nicked a late point.
Half Time: Owen Roes 1-2 Newtownstewart 2-3
With work to do, the Owen Roes side rolled up their sleeves and went to work early in the second half. Dooher twice found white flags within the first ten minutes, as the Leckpatrick side applied the pressure. However the Newtown rearguard defended gamely, and made scoring chances at a premium.
Sub Aaron McGonigle made the gap one with his left footed free, before Sean Dooher's placed kick tied proceedings. At this stage it was all Owen Roes. Nonetheless Newtown's challenge was a still alive, and they soaked up heavy pressure to break and breech Conal McCormick's goal.
Back came Owen Roes, and Sean Dooher was upended in the Newtown penalty box to offer his side a quick levelling opportunity. Ryan McAleer's effort was well struck, but the St.Eugene's net minder made a stunning full length save.
This galvanised the Newtown spirits and they added a late 1-1. In injury time Michael Dooher's quickly taken free was tipped over the bar to give them a consolation score.
Owen Roes now make the trip to Moy for the last four clash this Saturday.
Team: Conal McCormick, Aaron Boggs, Conor McMenamin, Philip Haughey, Ryan Devine, Timothy O'Doherty, Sean Dooher (0-1), Conor Donaghey, Ryan McAleer, Michael Dooher (1-4), Cathal Kelly, Shane McNulty, Sean Kelly (0-1). Subs: Aaron McGonigle (0-1) for Cathal Kelly, Eunan Hugarty.