RONAN O’Neill scored a superb goal as Omagh defeated reigning Senior League champions Dromore at Gardrum Park 1-8 to 0-9 on the opening day of club football in this delayed season.
O’Neill weighed in with a superb chipped goal in the second half, part of his personal tally of 1-5, and while the visitors finished the match with just twelve men, they held out in the end.
Elsewhere in Division One newly promoted Galbally defeated neighbours Donaghmore 2-9 to 0-7.
A crucial brace of penalty goals from Tyrone star Liam Rafferty whose poise under pressure earned Galbally the points.
There was an unbelievable finish at Dunmoyle as visiting Moy came from behind to beat Errigal Ciaran 3-9 to 1-14.
With the game slipping into injury time Sean Cavanagh bagged a Moy goal but even that looked a consolation score. Peter Mallon then tagged on a point before a second major of the day from Coleman won the day for the Sky Blues.
Carrickmore made the trip to the Loughshore to take on Ardboe and they managed to edge a close encounter by the minimum margin, 1-14 to 1-13. Mark Donnelly got their goal in the early minutes of the game and Ciaran Daly and Martin Penrose supplied points.
Dungannon played host to Loughmacrory at O’Neill Park and they came out on top on a 0-12 to 1-6 score line. Keifer Morgan and Patrick Molloy were among the points for the Clarkes but it was the visitors who edged the first half 1-3 to 0-5 thanks to scores from Cathaoir Gallagher and Cathal Donaghy and a goal from Gallagher as well. In the second half the Clarkes got on top with scores from Morgan, Molloy, Paul Donaghy and substitute Conor McKee and while Diarmuid Gallagher and keeper Oisin O’Kane replied for the St.Theresas it wasn’t enough.
Coalisland made the short trip to play Derrylaughan and came away with a good 1-14 to 0-10 win. The Kevin Barrys led at the break with Darragh Carney, Fergal McAliskey, Plunkett Kane and Cormac O’Hagan among the points for their respective sides. Kane then fired in a goal in the early moments of the second half and the Fianna never looked back.
County champions Trillick were well beaten on their travels to Clonoe. Danny McNulty, PJ Lavery and Ryan McCabe got the goals for the O’Rahillys with Lee Brennan and the returning Mattie Donnelly among the points for the St.Macartans.
Oisin McCann hit the Killyclogher goal in their 1-13 to 1-8 victory over Pomeroy. Kieran McGeary hit 1-3 for the Plunketts.
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