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Owen Roes maintain perfect record

Thursday, 4 May 2017

WITH Tattyreagh matching Owen Roes' bright start to 2017, both with unblemished records, Sunday's ACL clash carried a sliver of added importance.

Tattyreagh St Patrick's...1-7
Owen Roe O'Neill's ...0-14

As it was, thanks to a hard working Owen Roes display, it was the north Tyrone club that took the spoils.

Both sides traded scores early on with James Darcy (0-2) for Tattyreagh, Ryan McAleer and Conor O-Neill trading scores. The Leckpatrick lads nosed ahead around the 10 minute mark with a couple of well taken 45s by O'Neill but Darcy replied, with Tattyreagh levelling up again shortly after.

In a game where both sides were required to work exceptionally hard for their scores, Cathal McShane, and a monster hit from Brendan Boggs found range for Owen Roes.

Nonetheless the Tatts were not to be quelled and they replied back with a goal late in the half through Robbie Porter. In the final action of play Ronan McNulty clipped over to give Owen Roes a slender lead with the wind in their faces in the second half.

The second half was to continue in the same vein as the first half with both defences putting in shifts to repel the opposition. However when scores did arrive it was the O'Neills that were most potent. Conor O'Neill was in the groove and he found dead ball range early on. James Darcy replied for the Tatts, but further efforts from McNulty and O'Neill edged Owen Roes clear.

Both sides continued to trade scores and two scores from Tattyreagh were chalked off by efforts from McShane and McNulty to keep a major the difference.

The home team tried to break down the Owen Roes rearguard but Kevin O'Neill, Stephen Kelly and Gerard Devine stood firm, with Andy Devine making a smart save when that line was breeched.

In added time Owen Roes won a free kick, and despite the angle and distance being unkind, Conor O'Neill stroked over to give the away side a hard earned victory.

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