DEFENDING Senior league champions Dromore got their defence of the Brendan Dolan Memorial Trophy off to a blistering start on Sunday as they streamrollered Strabane 3-13 to 1-6.
Emmet McNabb grabbed two goals for St Dympna’s while Ronan McNabb was their other goalscorer. At the other end Michael Etherson netted for the Sigersons, who struggled to quell the visitors throughout.
Elsewhere there was plenty of drama on the opening day of action in Division One of the All-County League.
Carrickmore’s greater experience proved to be the telling factor in securing them the bragging rights against their neighbours at Plunkett Park 0-10 to 0-7.
This was a first outing for Pomeroy in the senior ranks for over a decade and they acquitted themselves well. But the St Colmcille’s always seemed in control and on course for victory as veteran stars like Conor Gormley, Martin Penrose and Mark Donnelly shone for them.
Omagh St Enda’s proved too strong for Greencastle at Healy Park running out victors on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-5. Midfielder Conan Grugan was the star man for the hosts hitting four points and bossing proceedings for the most part. Joe Colton struck the Omagh goal.
Peter Harte proved to be the Errigal Ciaran hero with a converted 47m free with the last kick of the game as the visitors secured a narrow 1-7 to 0-9 win over Galbally at Pearse Park. The visitors had the wing at their backs in the first half but it was Galbally who led 0-4 to 0-3 at the break thanks to points from Paul Rafferty, Sean Murphy and Liam Rafferty, Peter Harte and Davy Harte on target for the Dunmoyle based men. Daniel Kerr and Peter Harte exchanged points on the restart before the only goal of the game arrived in the 8thminute.
Errigal Ciaran turned over the ball around midfield and they countered at pace for Ronan McRory to exchange passes with Davy Harte and palm the ball to the net from close range. Liam Rafferty and Murphy helped bring the sides level before the former put the home side in front. Three minutes into injury time substitute Padraig McGirr levelled matters before Harte won it right at the end for the relieved visitors.
Donaghmore’s return to senior football proved to be a winning one as they produced a superb second half display to run out emphatic 0-15 to 1-7 winners over Clonoe. It was honours even at the break, 0-5 each, with Niall McKenna, Tiarnan Drayne and Stephen McNulty among the points for their respective sides. In the second half McKenna, Drayne and Cormac McCann all registered points for the impressive hosts and the issue was already well beyond any doubt by the time PJ Lavery scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot a minute from time.
Ardboe had to pull out all the stops to beat newly promoted Urney at Coney Park. The Rossas led 1-7 to 0-8 at the break with Gary Donnelly getting their goal and Mattie Bell, Kyle Coney and Peter O’Neill providing points, Johnny Lafferty with a brace for the St.Columbas. O’Neill and Lafferty exchanged points on the restart before Michael Lynn gave the hosts some breathing space with a second goal. Jamie McAleer got a goal in the final quarter for Urney but it was the home side who triumphed 2-11 to 1-10.
County champions Killyclogher made home advantage count as they recorded a comfortable 2-13 to 1-6 win over visiting Edendork. The hosts got off to the best possible start with a goal inside five minutes from Barra Best. Either side of that strike Jake Ferguson and Darren McCurry had points for the St.Malachys but then Killyclogher took over. Mark Bradley, Collins and Tiernan McCann had points with the latter also scoring a goal for a 2-6 to 0-4 interval lead.
Niall Morgan opened the second half scoring but back came the home side with scores from Conall McCann and Bradley. Paul Donaghy then got an Edendork goal but Killyclogher closed the game out with points from Collins, Bradley and Tiernan McCann.
And on Sunday evening Trilick accounted for Coalisland 3-10 to 0-10 at Donnelly Park. Daire Gallagher ran riot for the Reds chipping in with two goals and three points. Niall Gormley got their other goal.
RELEGATION-threatened Greencastle pushed the reigning league champions Dromore all the way at sunny Gardrum Park yesterday lunchtime.