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Owen Roes overcome Brocagh in promotion push

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Owen Roes overcome Brocagh in promotion push thumbnailBrocagh's Colm McFall is held up by Owen Roes' Ricki Devine.

FOR the second season in a row, Owen Roes moved into the Division 2/ Div 3 play-off final with a hard-fought win over a dogged Brocagh side that pushed the Leckpatrick side all the way over 60 minutes and 20 minutes of extra time.

Owen Roes...0-15
Brocagh...1-10
(After extra time)

Ryan McAleer notched up the first score of the contest which was negated by a free from Ciaran Donnelly. Scores were hard earned throughout the contest with several periods going by with defences well on top and forwards suffocated for space.

On 13 minutes Seamus Dooher fisted over the bar to nose Owen Roes ahead but Brockagh struck back in the best possible way with a goal on the quarter hour mark as Cathal Donnelly running through to slot past Andy Devine.

Two Cathal McShane frees, one then went over the bar, and one worked to Ronan McNulty to point pulled the north Tyrone side level again as the North Tyrone side started to dominate on the field but stout Brocagh defending and poor shooting ensured that on the scoreboard little separated the sides.

Late in the half, McShane and Michael Hughes traded frees with the latter repeating the dose in added time to leave the Lough shore men one up at the short whistle.

The second period followed in a similar vain to the first with both back lines proving very hard to penetrate. Ciaran Donnelly sent over a free with McAleer replying with a lovely curling effort to signal a mini Owen Roes purple patch.

McAleer added another to the tally before good work from Ricki Devine allowed Tony Devine to blast over, with Sean Dooher the grafter for another McAleer white flag shortly after as Owen Roes edged into a two point lead.

Brocagh though built up their citadel once more with the O'Neills finding scores much more difficult in the closing quarter.

Ciaran Donnelly's free taking brought them within a kick again, and despite a McShane effort momentarily making the gap two, scores from Eugene Ryan and a late Hughes free ensured that both sets of fans would have another 20 minutes to sit through.

The Emmets started extra time stronger and threatened to run away with it as they got the sharp shooting done early. Eugene Ryan pointed after 10 seconds with Hughes adding to the Brocagh tally.

Owen Roes though didn't blink and Ryan McShane's 45 and an effort from Cathal McShane made it all square again. Late in the first half Owen Roes' sub Michael Dooher split the sticks to put his men ahead again.

Within a few seconds of the restart Owen Roes could've put the game to bed but Conor O'Neill's drive was saved by Peter Maguire. Hughes found range once more from a placed kick to level things up with five minutes of the game remaining.

With the shadows lengthening across the Eskra pitch it was Owen Roes who ensured that the light didn't fade on their campaign.

Andy Devine's angled free kick sailed over and with Brocagh pushing for a leveller Cathal McShane broke and brilliantly split the sticks. The Lough shore lads had one late foray as Donnelly's booming free was launched into the square but when Owen Roes' defender Sean Dooher came out with the ball the final whistle shrilled to move Owen Roes into a play-off decider with Aghaloo to see who plays in division two in 2017.

Owen Roes: Andy Devine (0-1), Stephen Kelly, Aidan Christy, Sean Dooher, Ricki Devine, Gerard Devine, Sean McBride, Charles O'Doherty, Ryan McAleer (0-4), Tony Devine (0-1), Cathal McShane (0-5), Ronan McNulty (0-1), Conor O'Neill, Seamus Dooher (0-1). Subs: Ryan McShane (0-1) for McNulty (48 mins), Michael Dooher (0-1) for Ricki Devine (56 mins)

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