Saturday, 17 August 2019 at 09:21 PM Galvin Early
Both Owen Roes and Castlederg went in to this fixture yet to chalk up a positive result of any sort in 2009, so something had to change at the end of the sixty minutes. After a tight, typical derby affair it was the visitors that took a welcome pair of ACL points back down the road.
Nonetheless it was the hosts that marked the scoreboard first with Aidan Lynch pointing from a free. In what was to be a low scoring encounter, it took the Leckpatrick side until 11 minutes before they too raised a flag. Marcus McGinley gathered and dangerously fizzed a pass across goal. Kiernan Kelly was quickest to react to the confusion and hooked the ball into the roof of the net.
The host side almost replied with a major of their own but Dylan Early stood up well to block the goal bound effort. Castlederg pulled a point back on the 20 minute mark as they weaved through the O'Neill's defence to point.
Marcus McGinley's intelligent quick free allowed Aidan McCrossan to point over one minute later, as the visitors entered a productive period of the game for them. McCrossan's free added to the advantage, before Parker fed John Harper for a well executed score.
Harper turned provider one minute before the whistle as his good play allowed Declan McCrossan in for his first score of the afternoon.
Half Time: Castlederg 0-2 Owen Roes 1-4
With the swirling wind making life difficult for productive football, it was the Derg who settled best in the second half. Lynch once more pointed over, and another Derg free on 36 minutes raised the home teams hopes.
Kiernan Kelly replied with a free as the game entered its final quarter, but the St.Eugenes were about to reignite the contest. Early in goal did well to deny the initial chance but the ball fell to the lurking Derg attacked who finished to the empty net.
Both sides now sensed that the game was up for grabs with no quarter asked or given. Defences were very much on top, with Kevin Doherty, and Gerard Devine leading the line well for the Glenmornan side. Kiernan Kelly converted another placed kick on 47 minutes to give his side a slight cushion, and the same player repeated the dose on 55 minutes to put a goal in it.
In injury time Declan McCrossan had a chance to kill the game off, but his fierce strike produced a stunning save from the Castlederg net minder. With the referee about to signal the end of the contest, Castlederg also saw their compliment reduced to 14, as Owen Roes secured derby honours.
Referee: Frankie Gallagher (Trillick)
Team: 1. Dylan Early2. Paul Kelly3. Kevin Doherty4. Kevin O'Neill5. Gerard Devine6. Stephen Dooher7. Cathal Dooher8. Clarke Stephenson9. Chris Kelly10. Aidan McCrossan (0-2)11. John Harper (0-1)12. Marcus McGinley13. Kiernan Kelly (1-3)14. Declan McCrossan (0-1)15. Ronan Parker16. Conor McCay for Parker (41 mins)17. Brendan McCrossan for Stephen Dooher (41 mins)