Wednesday, 21 March 2018 at 12:28 AM Galvin Early
Derrylaughan lifted the grade two U13 league title in Greencastle today following a comprehensive victory over a gallant Owen Roes side.
The East Tyrone side came into the game as raging hot favourites, but it was Owen Roes who made the early running in the opening exchanges. Some clever play by the Leckpatrick side saw Sean Kelly weave past several tackles before being upended. Aaron McGonigle coolly tucked the penalty away to take an early lead.
However the lead was short lived as Paul Donnelly fired past Niall McAleer less than two minutes later. James Donnelly and Paul Donnelly tagged on white flags before Luca O'Hagan added to the Derrylaughan tally.
Good play by Jack Cairns in defence allowed Conall McCormack to release McGonigle for a point for Owen Roes as his side coped well with the stiff breeze in the first half. Conor Donnelly replied for the Barrys but the Owen Roes defence led by Cairns, Pearce Devine and Owen McNulty ensured that they had to work hard for every score they got.
James Donnelly and the impressive Tomas Carney stretched the Derrylaughan lead before they got their second major late in the half with Paul Donnelly's shot dipping late to the Owen Roes goal.
This yielded a productive patch for the Lough Shore club as points from James Donnelly (0-2), Carney, and a free from Brian Kennedy in the closing minutes of the half gave them a half time lead.
Owen Roes were keen to come out for the second half to take the game to their opponents but Paul Donnelly bagged another major in the opening seconds to take the wind from Owen Roes' sails.
A neat move yielded a James Donnelly green flag before more points from James Donnelly, Carney (0-4), and a Cathal Canavan goal kept the scoreboard turning over.
Niall McAleer made a superb finger tip save to prevent another Barry's goal, while at the other end the hard working Sean Kelly broke away to point and give his side a lift.
James Donnelly (0-2), Carney (1-0) and Luca O'Hagan (1-0) added to the white shirted Derrylaughan tally, before Aaron McGonigle bookended the scoring with the game's final point.
This was an exemplary Derrylaughan showing, and they'll trouble most sides in grade one in 2012. For Owen Roes it's disappointment, but with this being the Club's fourth final of the season, and two trophies in the cabinet, they'll know there are better days ahead.
Referee: Patrick Grimes
Owen Roes: Niall McAleer, Jack Cairns, Owen McNulty, Pearse Devine, Oisin Dooher, Ryan Devine, Mark McFadden, Eoghain Devine, Conall McCormack, Conn Tinney, Jamie McGale, Shane Kelly, Sean Kelly (0-1), Aaron McGonigle (1-2), Ronan Devine. Subs: Adam Caldwell for Tinney, Adam Caldwell for Shane Kelly (21 mins), Shane McFadden for Caldwell, Ronan McGale for Pearce Devine (46 mins). SUbs not used: Corey McNulty, Jack Kelly, Jamie Conway, Declan Christy.
Derrylaughan: Ciaran McCabe, Dylan Halligan, Gavin Corr, Ronan Rafferty, Aodhan Gervine, Caolan Corr, Luca O'Hagan (1-1), Tomas Carney (1-6), Brian Kennedy (0-1), James Donnelly (1-7), Conor Donnelly (0-1), Shane Crewe, Cathal Canavan (1-0), Paul Donnelly (3-1), Colm Rooney.