Friday, 23 August 2019 at 02:17 PM Galvin Early
Following an excellent victory four days earlier over Tattyreagh, Owen Roes' aim was to build on that as they entertained Dregish on Thursday evening. Following a tight sixty minutes, it was a case of mission accomplished for the Leckpatrick side, as they left it late to run out victors by four points.
It was the 'home' side that engineered the evening's first score courtesy of a 45 from the boot of Kevin O'Neill, who was to have a good night from the dead ball. The wing back repeated the dose from a free kick from similar distance minutes later. Dregish though were to expedite a way back into the contest when they goaled past Dylan Early.
The visitors tagged on a point shortly after to leave them two to the good. Raiding wing back Davy Harte pulled one back for the hosts, and Clarke Stephenson's point leveled things once more. Both sides were keen to build on good results from the weekend, and Dregish restored their lead again.
Short lived it would be though, as Kiernan Kelly's free and midfielder Chris Kelly's score nosed Owen Roes back ahead. Dregish replied with a free but the O'Neills were closing the half with a flourish. Declan McCrossan twice knocked over- one from a free and one from play- and Kevin O'Neill applied a nice symmetry to the half as he stroked over a late 45.
Half Time: Owen Roes 0-9 Dregish 1-3
Chris Kelly opened the second thirty minutes with a point, but the Pearse Ógs have something extra about them this season and leveled the tie up with four unanswered points. Chris Kelly made it three for the night for him, but Dregish were in the ascendancy and 0-3 without reply put them two ahead with ten minutes remaining.
Despite some ragged play from Owen Roes, Declan McCrossan lifted the siege with a placed kick and O'Neill's 45 saw parity once more. The game's pivotal moment came late. Sub Ryan Logue fed the ball to Kiernan Kelly, and the corner forward managed to squeeze the ball home for a critical green flag. McCrossan's late free meant that the O'Neills were over the line.
This was far from a great performance from Owen Roes. However they will remember some good performances over the last 14 months yielding poor results, so they'll take this and move on. Next on the horizon is a trip to Glenelly on Sunday 7th June.
Team: Dylan Early, Gerard Devine, Brendan McCrossan, Noel Mullan, Kevin O'Neill (0-4), Brendan Boggs, Davy Harte (0-1), Chris Kelly (0-3), Clarke Stephenson (0-1), Ronan Parker, Declan McCrossan (0-4), Stephen Dooher, Kiernan Kelly (1-1), Marcus McGinley, Conor McCay. Subs: Ryan Stewart for Parker, Ryan Logue for Stephen Dooher